Background: I had Hyperemesis Gravidarum (so the nutrition was already tricky), and I developed a vulval hematoma (so my hemoglobin levels dropped a lot).
I'm EBF and it seems like I can't get enough iron? I bruise like a peach, I take iron supplements but I can't even tell a difference. Does BF further deplete iron? I eat well (now that I can eat again, yay!!!), is this just an EBF thing that mamas contend with?
Hematomas are nasty!
Are you anemic? Have you had your iron store levels checked? If my hemoglobin or ferritin wouldn't rise even on iron supplementation I'd definitely want to get checked out by a doctor or midwife.
My iron levels actually rose (after recovering from birth) - probably because of not having any periods while breastfeeding.
Thanks for the reply!!
Yeah, hematomas...I've been trying to find other mamas that developed them, so far unsuccessful!
Honestly, I don't know if I'm anemic, I just know I'm bruising like crazy! Sounds like I should get my iron levels checked, just to stay on top of things.
The bruising thing may not be anemia. I've never heard of that as an anemia symptom, (but I don't know a lot) and even at a 7, I haven't been bruising.
It sounds like it may be something else. Maybe it's a different vitamin or mineral you are low on. With HG, you probably got pretty low on a lot of different nutrients, I know I did. Good luck!!
If your meds were working, you had regular IV fluids, and mild-moderate HG, 1 month for every month of HG is usually enough though.
Good luck, I hope you feel better soon!!
Thanks! As with all things HG, patience?
Yeah, that site is great - I handed out the link like candy to friends and family after I was diagnosed. Was really great for my husband, helped him figure out what I was going through and what he could do to help.