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I know there are other threads about low iron on here, but now I'm starting to get scared. At my 13 week appt, my hematocrit was at 30 and my MW had me start Floradix. I felt like I had more energy and my headaches went away, but now I'm 31 weeks and my iron just tested at 29! the hemo-majig is 10. Is there anything I can do to get it up? MW is changing me to 3 iron tablets a day. What bothers me is earlier I asked her if she had a limit for a homebirth and she said she likes hematocrit to be at 37. How can I get my iron up that high in 5 weeks for my next test? Should I continue with the floradix and the tablets? I'm working on the high iron foods, even steak, avoiding dairy around when I take the tablets. I don't want to lose my homebirth!
 

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I would do some research on it personally.<br><br>
I always tested low for iron and took liquid chlorophyll.<br><br>
Birth #4 was with a different mw who didn't test iron levels.<br><br>
Amazingly birth #4 I didnt do my normal of bleeding heavily nor did that baby had jaundice like my others.<br><br>
i talk to my mw about that and another mw she has worked with also noticed that. It seems pregnant woman are supposed to have lower iron as birth approaches.<br><br>
Pamalamidwife has more info on it I believe.
 

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<a href="http://www.herbsetc.com/Shopping/c/chlorophyll_concentrate.htm" target="_blank">ChlorOxygen</a>® comes to the aid of pregnancy.<br>
Pregnant women who desire a home birth must maintain a minimum hematocrit level of 36%. Hematocrit is the volume of red blood cells (erythrocytes)<br>
packed by centrifugation in a given level of blood. If the hematocrit level falls below 36%, most midwives or medical doctors require a hospital birth.<br>
Within a week or two of taking ChlorOxygen® and a good source of iron, most pregnant women experience an increased hematocrit level to the point where their midwives or medical doctors will consider a home birth.
 

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I was borderline the last time mw checked. But, since then I've had headaches and zero energy. Is there any harm/sideaffects in taking chlorophyll just in case?
 

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I also thought that liquid chlorophyll can help raise your iron levels. I don't know that much about it, but my midwife is having me take some daily (even though my iron levels are fine). I don't see what harm there is in trying it. Chlorophyll has a million benefits besides giving your hemoglobin a boost.
 

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i had a homebirth and mine was 8.5 and probably 29 or something, i dont know. i only know for sure the 8.5. i have floradix here, but ultimately your body will best absorb iron through food rather than supplements. leafy greens, like a salad, with acidic dressing (balsamic viniagrette for example) will be good....the dressing must be acidic, it helps your body absorb the iron. try not to mix calcium with your iron (like milk), it interferes with the absorbtion. molasses is also a great way to get iron. if you can handle the taste, do a teaspoon of molasses every day. i used to mix it in with maltomeal or oatmeal or cream of wheat and eat it that way.
 

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Blackstrap molasses is high in iron. And what about desiccated liver pills?? They carry them in health food stores, sometimes with the body building stuff. You just have to get a good brand. I trust the Carlson's brand.
 

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It depends on the source of the chlorophyll, where (or in what medium) it was grown, as well as how it was processed.<br><br>
I used to grab my blender in the morning, walk around my house's exterior gently dropping wild edible greens (lambs quarters, plantain, chickweed, oxalis, dandelion, etc) in the blender, go back inside, top off the greens with distilled water, and then whiz the bejeebers out of it. It made a natural, fresh, preservative and pesticide free source of liquid chlorophyll. If you don't like it thick you can add more distilled water and put a screen over your glass before you pour it.<br><br>
Now matter which water you use you'll benefit *but* distilled water, which I never drink straight, works best for making liquid chlorophyll. Being a mineral vacuum, the distilled water rapidly draws minerals out of the crush plant material.<br><br>
~BV
 

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I have really high iron levels, my prenatal care providers always make a point of telling me this. I don't take any supplementation for iron specifically, but I eat my greens, and I always cook in my cast iron pans!!! It's the cast iron. Everything tastes better anyway!
 

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Liquid floridex, it's a vitamin supplement I get from a local health food store, doesn't cause constipation, is made from foods like kelp & berries, etc. Doesn't smell great, but not awful either & doesn't taste bad.<br><br>
Also the obvious, red meat, especially wild.
 

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Also look into taking Yellowdock Root, by tea or tincture, it helps your body absorb and utilize the iron your taking in, and recommended for just the purpose in pregnancy. I say keep on the Floradix too! Thats some good stuff! Good Luck!
 

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It's true! Cooking in cast iron will send your iron levels through the roof!
 
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