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I thought I was just tired from moving... but it turns out I have borderline anemia - not low enough to be officially anemic, but close... this does explain why I've been completely worn out lately. I'll be stepping up the pregnancy tea and nettle tea here on out <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
I wish we were done moving already... I wish my moods would level out too.<br><br>
Anyone else have low iron? I passed the GD test apparently since my mw didn't mention it today. Just the low iron part.<br><br>
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I'm usually borderline in my 3rd trimester, so I eat lots of spinach and whatnot. I took iron supps with my oldest, and they were awful on my disgestive system, so if I need supp, I'll do molasses and such.
 

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i was borderline anemic at my first blood draw at 10ish weeks. i had my GD test yesterday and my midwife said she'd call if i failed or if my anemia had gotten worse. it's after 3pm and no word from her so i'm guessing i'm doing fine. i started taking a multi vitamin with iron twice a day and added iron rich foods to my diet. i recently started using black strap molasses(high in iron) in my cooking. i made some killer molasses oatmeal cookies the other day.
 

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Yup, I'm anemic! That Floridex that manitobamama recommended is GREAT! <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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I've heard really great things about Floradix for low iron levels. I'm usually low by this time in pregnancy but for some reason this time around all of my levels are spot on. I was just tested today and was actually surprised that I was good and didn't need a supplement.<br><br>
Is molasses a good iron booster? I seem to have read that more than once in our DDC.
 

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My midwife said it's normal and would be weird if your blood didn't show a borderline anemia at this point in pregnancy. She said that's why I'm so grumpy and feel like crap. She also recommended Floridex (again).<br><br>
Something about the body building plasma faster then the red blood cells and it'll all catch up to each other at about 36 weeks.
 

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I tend to get low iron too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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I just googled blackstrap molasses, I can't vouch for these websites but it was interesting.<br><br>
Foods containing non-heme iron<br>
1 T of Table Molasses has 1 mg of iron<br>
1 T of Blackstrap Molasses has 3.6 mg of iron<br>
There are two types of iron found in foods: <b>heme</b> and <b>non-heme</b>. Your body absorbs heme iron more easily than non-heme iron. However, foods containing non-heme iron are also very important sources of iron in your diet<br>
From: <a href="http://www.bchealthguide.org/healthfiles/hfile68d.stm" target="_blank">http://www.bchealthguide.org/healthfiles/hfile68d.stm</a><br>
Note, scanning the list the heme iron is in liver, fish, shellfish, red-meat, chicken.<br><br><a href="http://www.vegfamily.com/vegan-pregnancy/super-foods-pregnancy-lactation.htm" target="_blank">http://www.vegfamily.com/vegan-pregn...-lactation.htm</a><br>
Blackstrap Molasses<br>
Blackstrap molasses contains high amounts of calcium and iron, plus magnesium, potassium, copper, and chromium. Buy organic, unsulphured molasses and use it to sweeten porridge, smoothies, and baked goods<br><br><a href="http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/molasses.html" target="_blank">http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/molasses.html</a><br>
Molasses Cures<br><b>How it works</b>: Molasses contains loads of minerals and is a good source of iron.<br><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="font-size:smaller;"><b>Suggested Amounts</b>:</span></span> <span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="font-size:smaller;">1 Tablespoon of Black Strap Molasses, first thing in the morning.</span></span><br><br><b>Different types of molasses</b><br>
(an amusing exchange)<br><br><a href="http://www.mtnlaurel.com/Recipes/molasse.htmUnderstanding" target="_blank">http://www.mtnlaurel.com/Recipes/molasse.htm<br><b><span style="font-size:x-large;">Understanding</span></b></a> <b><span style="font-size:x-large;">Molasses</span></b><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Do you know the difference between types of molasses? We often hear the term "blackstrap molasses," but what does that mean?</span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">The quality of molasses depends on the maturity of the sugar cane, the amount of sugar extracted, and the method of extraction. There are three major types of molasses: unsulphured, sulphured and blackstrap.</span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Unsulphured molasses is the finest quality. It is made from the juice of sun-ripened cane and the juice is clarified and concentrated.</span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Sulphured molasses is made from green sugar cane that has not matured long enough and treated with sulphur fumes during the sugar extracting process. Molasses from the first boiling is the finest grade because only a small amount of sugar has been removed. The second boil molasses takes on a darker color, is less sweet and has a more pronounced flavor.</span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Blackstrap molasses is from the third boil and only has a commercial value in the manufacture of cattle feed and other industrial uses.</span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">(Editor's Note: We received this e-mail:</span><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">You should do a little research before making comments like you do about blackstrap molasses. It is used within the health industry because it is natural and high in Iron and other minerals with a very little sugar. It is what is left when molasses is made. Many fine HUMAN product contain blackstrap molasses. You do the industry harm by saying that it is used for animal feed only....</span><br><br>
It was from Ron<br>
We stand corrected. We do realize that many people use blackstrap molasses for the concentrated iron content. It has a very strong flavor. It is usually available at health food stores. The <span style="text-decoration:underline;">main</span> use for the majority of blackstrap molasses is in the manufacturing of commercial cattle feed.<br><br><span style="font-family:Verdana;"><span style="font-size:smaller;">Jessica</span></span><br><br>
Oh, heck, just adding the heme iron sources from that first link: Did you know clams had so much iron!!???<br><br><br><b><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Foods containing heme iron</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">Amount Food Iron (mg)</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">90 g (3 oz) Clams 25.0</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">90 g (3 oz) *Liver, pork 16.0</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">90 g (3 oz) Oysters 8.0</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">90 g (3 oz) *Liver, chicken 7.5</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">90 g (3 oz) Mussels 5.7</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">90 g (3 oz) *Liver, beef 5.5</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">90 g (3 oz) Beef 2.4</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">90 g (3 oz) Shrimp 2.8</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">90 g (3 oz) Sardines 2.4</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">90 g (3 oz) Turkey/Lamb 2.0</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">90 g (3 oz) Pork/Chicken 1.0</span></span><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">90 g (3 oz) Fish 1.0</span></span><br><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">* Pregnant women should not eat liver because of its very high Vitamin A content. Large amounts of Vitamin A can be harmful to the baby.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';">* Liver is high in cholesterol, so people with high blood cholesterol levels should not eat it often.</span></span><br><br><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';"><span style="font-size:medium;">** All iron values are for cooked meat, fish, shellfish and poultry.</span></span><br></b>
 

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I've been taking Alfalfa since the end of the 1st trimester, and there is alfalfa in my pg tea as well... my iron levels started off lower than they should've been but at my last check at 22 weeks, they were great. My midwife recommended the Alfalfa and she also suggested a gulp of honey everyday (I just squirt it in my mouth! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ) as the honey acts as a catalyst for your body to absorb the iron more easily.<br><br>
Chlorophyl is also supposed to be really good... it's a lot more expensive than the alfalfa tablets though. Those are about $10 compared to 35+ for the chlorophyl tabs.<br><br>
I take the alfalfa, 3 tablets with each meal (9 total per day)... if you get them, make sure the bottle says ORGANIC as alfalfa is one of the most highly sprayed (with pesticides) herbs grown today... you want alfalfa from a natural, unsprayed soruce. My brand is 'Nature's Plus'...<br><br>
Hope this helps!<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've been taking Alfalfa since the end of the 1st trimester, and there is alfalfa in my pg tea as well... my iron levels started off lower than they should've been but at my last check at 22 weeks, they were great. My midwife recommended the Alfalfa and she also suggested a gulp of honey everyday (I just squirt it in my mouth! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> ) as the honey acts as a catalyst for your body to absorb the iron more easily.<br><br>
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Alayna,<br>
I always seem to know when my iron is low I start craving honey! With my first dd I ate honey on toast for breakfast, lunch and bedtime snack and I had no idea why I craved it so much. Now I know it's my darn old iron levels. I did crave honey a bit in the first trimester but now I don't want any<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I put spinach and kale and other dark greens in my smoothies. I'm terrible about eating my veggies and I can hide TONS of stuff in smoothies. Lately my fave smoothie consists of yogurt, some half and half (makes it nice and sweet), mango, peach, a banana, and a bunch of Kale (304 stalks). It comes out this really cool green color...I feel like I'll turn into the Hulk when I drink it LOL. Sometimes I add strawberries but then it turns out brown, yuck.
 

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A friend gave me a bottle of this that she was done with. How often do you take them?
 

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also, my mw recommends a yellowdock tincture and also, adding nettles to food like any other herb/seasoning.
 

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When they told me the results from my glucose test (passed) they mentioned my hemoglobins were low. . . thats the same thing right? She said they werent too bad, but to make sure Im getting enough red meat & dark greens so its frustrating. Im trying to eat eggs for breakfast instead of cereal. Hopefully that will help!
 

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Okay, we have nettles so I'll start adding them to foods <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I'm downing a quart of pregnancy tea (nettles, RRL, oatstraw, and alfalfa) that sat overnight today. I have leftover steak burrito from dinner last night that I'm reheating right now for lunch and I just ate a spoonful of honey <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
I have so much to do today and tomorrow that I really need to not be so tired...<br><br>
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I was a bit low so I've been doing Floradix, cooking in cast iron and paying more attention to the iron content in my food... Will find out next week where my levels are at. I feel so much more clear-headed and energetic (oh, except for that pesky third trimester tiredness, lol) and I hope that's a good sign I've raised my levels into normal range. I wish there was a cheaper source of Floradix too, I felt so different within three weeks of starting it, I almost wonder if I've just been anemic all along for years and didn't know.
 

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I'm anemic whether preg or not, so I have to be extra dilligent about keeping my iron up during pregnancy. I eat lots of iron rich foods and make sure I take my prenatal just to make sure I get enough iron in a day. I have read that cast iron post make a huge difference, but I haven't had a chance to pick any up yet. I haven't heard about any of that other stuff, but will look into it.
 
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