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I just had bloods back to say my Hb is 102, ( that seems fine afaik), and the MCV is 84.9 - 'normal' is 90 so that doesn't seem too bad either but I'm not familiar with what is considered ok? I've been asked to collect an iron prescription.<br><br>
I'm 18+6 weeks preg.<br><br>
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I don't know what those numbers mean-they must do it differently in the UK. But if your iron is low, get yourself some Floradix. It works wonders!! My iron this pregnancy was very, very low and I got some Floradix and doubled up on it (took a whole capful instead of half a capful). Within a month my levels went from 8.5 to 12.5. I love that stuff! I also added some liquid chlorophyll and dessicated liver tablets to my diet but I personally think it was the Floradix that got it up so quickly.
 

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I was thinking about posting an iron question, too. Partly on how long it takes for dietary or supplemental iron (well-absorbed supplemental iron like Floradix) to be reflected in higher levels.<br><br>
My OB never ordered bloodwork in the 3rd trimester (I kept waiting and wondering...it may be because she alternates office visits with a midwife who, while not attending births, helps with the office load. And maybe that led to the standard bloodwork sort of falling through the cracks?) Anyway, I kept hoping I'd have a chance to get back on my multivitamin & supplementing with the iron (not the prescription pills that doctors usually prescribe) before submitting to bloodwork, so I didn't mention it, myself. (After really bad hyperemesis, I was doing better with eating but still having trouble with vitamin supplements.)<br><br>
Anyway, I had bloodwork done during an ER scare last week and I guess it revealed that I am a little anemic. I don't know my hemoglobin count, but hematocrit was 28.6<br><br>
This was at 35 weeks 4 days, and I know that having low iron makes the possibility of hemorrhage (or the possible impact of hemorrhage) during/after birth more likely to be problematic. So I decided to try to supplement for the last few weeks of the pregnancy. A week has gone by with me only managing one day of supplementation, but today I tried again and I'm hoping to do well from here on out. (Of course, I don't know how long that will be!)<br><br>
So I was wondering how long it typically takes to register in blood levels, in your body, if you are taking a well-absorbed iron supplement.<br><br>
(And also wondering "how bad" a hematocrit level of 28.6 is!)
 

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My midwife says it takes about 10 days for your levels to start going up.
 

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I agree with taking Floradix and really focusing on food sources of iron over the coming weeks. Ferrous pill cause me to have HORRIBLE constipation and I sure didn't need any help with that in the end. Thankfully dark leafy greens have lots of bio-available iron and they cause the opposite digestive experience. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Floradix (double the dose) did not get my iron levels up enough-- so I tried Nature's Plus Hema-Plex and it did (it is natural and doesn't have any nasty side effects) You can buy it at any natural foods store. Another good one along the same lines is called Blood Builder.<br><br>
I never had any low iron probs in my other pregnancies (just the twin pregnancy), took the supplements and did not bleed any more than a normal singleton birth.
 

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<a href="http://www.homebirth.org.uk/hb.htm" target="_blank">http://www.homebirth.org.uk/hb.htm</a><br><br>
found this which explains the levels as recorded in the UK.
 

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With the dosage on this, can it be used alongside a pregnancy multi vit?<br>
I also looked at 'spatone' and am wondering how much of these things I can pack in without overdosing me and babes. lol.
 

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I take my Floradix and prenatals with iron as well. I also do chlorophyll.
 
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