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For anemia - rest, fluids, good food, iron rich foods, herbal suppliments, iron suppliments, meat (if you eat it)
One of my preceptors uses the difference in pulse between sitting and standing to tell mamas when to start moving around. So, a mama with a nasty bleed post partum would have a pulse of 80 sitting and 120 immediately upon standing (you take the pulse as they stand up) on day two - she needs to stay "down", resting, because her body hasn't adapted blood volumes to deal with the low oxygen carrying capasity of the blood. One day three, it's 80 sitting and standing and she can start doing more upright stuff, like fetching diapers to change the baby, etc. Her rational is that you'll heal better when you've adapted. You still need to get the iron levels (oxygen carrying capasity) up, but you're more even.
I would suggest that if you're still experiencing big changes in pulse from something as light as standing up - your tiredness will soon disappear as you adapt. If it's steady with light exercise like that, it's probably gonna stick around until you pull more iron out of storage (if you have any left after pregnancy) or get more iron from your diet.
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