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I need some advice. I am having all of the clasic symptims of animia. I have horrid fatiuge, heart palputations, rapid HB, headach.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> My DRs office told me my humadicrit was a little low but I think it is getting worse. Is there anything I can take besides pre-natal vits and iron pills to get this back to normal. I am 29 weeks. Anything natural I can take?<br>
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Spinach salad is good. In college I'd get anemic from donating blood <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> and they said, "Oh, just go eat a spinach salad and come back tomorrow." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: It worked, though. Luckily, I only actually fell for that once...
 

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Blackstrap molasses is high in iron. I like to mix 2 Tbsp in my milk (even though calcium inhibits absorption of iron). Liver is, of course, an excellent source of iron. I believe you can get it in an extract or powdered pill if you don't want to eat it. Floradix is a well respected supplement that should certainly be available at a vitamin or health food store. Alfalfa, nettle, and red raspberry lead teas are good. Vitamin c enhances iron absorption. Vitamin B6 and B12 deficiencies can also cause anemia.
 

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Dried fruits such as apricots, prunes and raisins can give you a lot of iron without a lot of volume. As a pp said, spinach is also rich in iron, but you need to eat a LOT of spinach to get your daily requirement.<br><br>
And, if you're not a vegetarian, of course red meat, eggs, chicken etc. are rich in iron.<br><br>
Do you know what your actual hematocrit was? (The student midwife in me is curious!)
 

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Chlorophyll and lots of it! Wheat grass, barley grass, chlorella, blue green algae, spirulina all have amazing blood building properties. It could also be a B vitamin (folic acid or B-12) deficiency. Have you ruled those out? Spinach is not a good source of iron. The natural amounts of oxalic acid inhibit the absorbtion of iron. Kale is a far better choice, but I stick with the superfoods!
 

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I remember reading that pregnant women need to stay away from liver because it has ALOT of vitamin A which isn't good for pg.
 

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Get some YELLOW DOCK! It's an herb that works really well for low iron. I think it actually might be in a tea called "Iron Woman". I second Nettles, too!
 

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I used to tend toward low iron, and I took alfalfa throughout the 2nd trimester and the week and a half of 3rd trimester that I got through (PROM made baby come early)... I did this instead of taking prenatal vitamins. After the birth, my H&H were really good for a woman who had NOT just given birth! The nurses and doctors were really amazed. They kept mentioning how good those levels were. So I definitely say alfalfa plus some good iron containing foods and herbs as mentioned above.<br><br>
And when my DS was anemic (due to being a preemie), I used a supplement called <a href="http://www.trilightherbs.com/Templates/frmTemplateX.asp?CatalogID=210&Zoom=Yes&SubFolderId=1" target="_blank">Tri-Iron</a>. It contains some herbs that provide iron and also encourage better iron absorbtion. My DS only had to take 2 drops a day of this stuff. I think it's like 1/2 tsp for an adult. But in 3 months, he went from very anemic to very much normal. Sounds like you're probably borderline anemic, so it probably wouldn't take long to get you back up to normal. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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My MW has me taking Flouridix to keep my iron high.<br><br><a href="http://www.vitacost.com/FloraFloradixIronHerbs" target="_blank">http://www.vitacost.com/FloraFloradixIronHerbs</a><br><br>
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I was a student midwife for a while. We tried a lot ofo different things depening on what each mom preferred. What I saw work the best was the Floridix. We had a mom with a hemoglobin of 8 one week and after just a week of floridix, she was up to 12. We didn't do hematocrit in the office. 4 points is a pretty big jump. I'd also do a B-complex. And definitely go after eating more iron-rich foods. And some of the other recommendations here are great. I put black strap molasses in my dd's cereal and it has helped her anemia. Be careful with chlorophyll. If you start taking it, you shouldn't stop till after delivery as it can cause a severe drop when you stop, so I've been told.
 

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Floridix also seems to not cause constipation.
 

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My MW has me taking Nature's Plus Hema-Plex and it's helping so, so much. It's got 85mg of Iron - much more iron than Floradix - and it's been saving me from major dizzy spells and heavy fatigue. It's vegetarian and yeast, wheat, corn and milk free.<br><br>
Modifying your diet and taking Floradix might help a little, but those measures were not nearly enough for me. Especially around/after 29 weeks, which is when the placenta starts drawing iron very heavily from your blood.<br><br>
Hope you start feeling better soon!
 

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Thank you all so much for your advice. I went out and bought Floradix, and some pre-natal vitamins called complete prenatal system, made with real food, and mothers tea. So far so good. I don't know what my hematecret(sp) level is but I will find out in a few weeks.<br>
Melanie
 
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