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#1 of 7 Old 01-27-2005, 08:54 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Anyone taking any form of iron supplement? I've been thinking about making the iron tonic in Aviva Room's The Natural Pregnancy Book. But I also feel that I'm eating pretty balanced meals and don't need. What about the rest of you?
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Eat your beets and your dark green leafy veggies and you should be fine :-)


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Hmmm, I don't know. I do think that iron is really hard to get through diet. I was trying to do that, but not drinking tons of RRL tea and eating dandelions and I started feeling exhausted. I started taking Fluoradix and I feel much better. It's a food-based iron supplement, so at least it's got high absorption.

I guess I would go with how you feel and maybe experiment with a supplement to see if it changes that...

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Is a 62mg iron supplement too much to take every day? I've been thinking about taking one every other day, or dividing them in 1/2 if possible.
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Well, I went looking on the gentlebirth.org website and found out that there is quite a population of midwives that don't believe iron supplementation is necessary (I'll have to talk to mine more directly).

The link is http://www.gentlebirth.org/Midwife/nutrition.html#Iron

Not that this is going to tell you how much you need, but it is interesting that maybe low levels are not of concern. It is hard to believe that we could NEED supplementation in order to healthily give birth, but modern diets aren't as good as traditional ones either.

More grist for the mill

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I haven't taken mine in about a week or so. I was taking it about every other day, simply because I kept forgetting to do it. But that's when I began to notice that it didn't seem to do much with my energy levels or tests. Everything seems to come back fine. We eat a lot of meat (dh is a carnivore) and I've been trying to up my protein sources (more eggs and such in the diet). I've also just read my MW's handbook which stresses a balanced meal, so I'm also trying to make sure I get enough vit. C to help absorb and etc., etc.,... So I just started wondering how useful is that supplement if one is eating well.
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Well, I went looking on the gentlebirth.org website and found out that there is quite a population of midwives that don't believe iron supplementation is necessary (I'll have to talk to mine more directly).

The link is http://www.gentlebirth.org/Midwife/nutrition.html#Iron
Thanks for this link! Very interesting information.
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