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Got the results of the GD test - <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banana.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banana"><br>
She did say I need to take an iron supplement though and said that's why I've been feeling fatigued. I have felt terrible the past couple weeks and more than just tired. I looked up some stuff on iron and saw that much of it is related... So does anyone know how soon you may start to feel "better" once you start the supplements?
 

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they told me the same thing but i have just been trying to eat more iron rich foods.....<br><br>
i have a bladder condition so going to the bathroom isn't always a positive experience, i don't want to take an iron supplement and get the plumbing backed up in the back door as well.....but my iron level was borderline so you'd really need to discuss it in detail with her
 

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It didn't take me long to start feeling noticebly better when I started on iron supplements. I lost a lot of blood after my second and when I started on iron I was amazed at the difference.<br><br>
Hope it's the same for you! Watch out for the constipation though, that can happen with the iron. And also, your bm's will probably be a very dark green to black color. Mine were when I took iron. Took me a while to figure that out, so I thought I would mention it.
 

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Avoid the regular iron supplements. They cause constipation so bad. And the body hardly absorbs any from them.<br><br>
I've been using Floradix (liquid herbal form) and for the first time in any pregnancy (so shocking for twin one) my iron is the highest it's ever been. No constipation, works well on my energy levels. Noticed a difference within a couple days.
 

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supplements - constipating, make it harder to absorb calcuim and zinc<br><br>
floradix - much better but $$$<br><br>
lliquid chlorophyll - less $$$, nonconstipating, doesn't prevent absorption of other nutrients, and best of all, gives you bright green poo! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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lliquid chlorophyll - less $$$, nonconstipating, doesn't prevent absorption of other nutrients, and best of all, gives you bright green poo! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"></div>
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i want green poo.....where can i find this?
 

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go get some spirulina at your health food store! it is really great stuff! I get low iron with all of mine and the first preg I took the iron supplements the doc prescribed and <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> They were awful and didn't really make me feel any better. After that I started the spirulina and it is sooo great! more energy, no constipation, you can mix it in any food or drink and hardly taste it at all! it just turns everything dark green. Plus it has lots of other great stuff like calcium and potassium (potassium helps keep the cramps away!) that we need anyway
 

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chlorophyll should be at a health food store. maybe look online, too... i'm told taking it with alfalfa pills makes it absorb like mad. i'm going to try it.
 

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Thanks for all this info! I bought some simple tablets from the pharmacy yesterday to get started - but I will definatley keep all these suggestions in mind!
 

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I'm taking Floradix twice a day but with all the chlorophyll recommendations I might just switch! I've heard that it takes about eight weeks to make a difference in your levels.<br><br>
How much chlorophyll are you taking? And does it taste as crappy as floradix? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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here are some quotes from my source ont he cholophyll thing. i haven't tried it yet, myself, but i'm planningon buying some today because it sounds miraculous.<br>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">We use chlorophyll too. We use it prenatally to increase a low hemoglobin and promote the clotting factor. It is excellent for this purpose after a postpartum hemmorhage as well. We always tell clients that honestly we're not sure why it works. But chlorophyll has a similar chemical structure to that of hemoglobin. They are identical in chemical make-up except for the fact that chlorophyll has a molecule of magnesium at the center where hemoglobin has iron. As far as I know, no one knows why this substance helps a person build red blood cells. It seems that perhaps the body can easily convert it to hemoglobin. But when people take chlorophyll, their red blood count goes up. I haven't seen too many written references to the use of chlorophyll as an alternative to iron supplementation; however, Ina May Gaskin does mention it briefly in the newest edition of "Spiritual Midwifery."<br><br>
Anecdotally speaking I have a client right now who had two midtrimester miscarriages with her last two pregnancies after many term deliveries. She came to us for help, and upon checking her hemoglobin, found it to be around 8 (!!!) So we recommended 12 chlorophyll capsules, prenatal vitamins and additional folic acid, and liver once a week in addition to all the protein/dietary recommendations that have been discussed here lately. By her next visit her hemoglobin was close to 10 and has even increased a little throughout the process of expanding blood volume. I have been impressed with chlorophyll more than ever.<br><br>
Usually we recommend somewhere around 4-6 chlorophyll a day for a typical low hemoglobin. Some like to get on it toward the end of their pregnancy as a hemmorhage prevention, but we don't regularly recommend it for that purpose alone. My hemoglobin is OK (11.4 at 30 weeks), but I wouldn't mind it being a little higher, so I've been taking 2 a day.<br><br>
I have also heard of chlorophyll being used with very successful results for premenopausal women who are bleeding too heavily with their periods. I think the routine I heard discussed was taking 4-6 chlorophyll/day the week before an expected period; then 16, 12, 8, 4, 4, 4,... for each day of bleeding thereafter. My mother-in-law tried this after some some very discouraging times, hormonal treatments, etc. and was delighted to find that it worked.<br><br>
Why chlorophyll instead of iron? It seems to get better results and has the added benefit of being somewhat laxative instead of somewhat constipating. (Alfalfa is often used for this purpose as well.) If people think "iron supplement" they often buy ferrous sulfate which is poorly absorbed and very constipating. If you or your clients are taking chloropyll for the first time, you might be surprised by its other normal but kind of weird effect--it causes bright green stools.<br><br>
Chlorophyll is available as a liquid, in gel caps, or dried tablets. Liquid is probably best but some find the flavor and sight objectionable. (Some say drinking it in a cup with a lid helps.) Capsules seem to do just as good a job prenatally, but we carry the liquid in our birth bags for quick fluid replacement and clotting after a heavy bleed.</td>
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from midwifery today.<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">Do not recommend ferrous sulfate as a supplement. It is the most poorly absorbed of the various formulations and often causes nausea.<br>
I have had the best results with women who will take liquid chlorophyll. This supplement gets a quicker change in improved hemaglobin or hematocrit values than any herb or iron supplement I ever used before. It may not be palatable to some women (I think, too, it may be hard to drink something that is green). Try mint flavored or it is also available in capsules. The possible reason this may be so effective is that the molecule is only one atom different from the hemaglobin molecule. So maybe our body can use it more efficiently to make what we need to carry oxygen. I know this is anecdotal but those lab values really jump quickly and the ladies report a definate boost in energy</td>
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here's anecdotal evidence<br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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as a teenager I was scheduled to have a surgery. My parents were very concerned I might need a transfusion, and didn't want to expose me to the risks associated with it (since I'd already had one and a reaction to it in the past). So I self-donated. With a child my age they took a bit less than a pint, skipped a week and then took another bit less than a pint.<br><br>
In between visits my mother forced me to take Chlorophyll, and when I started refusing because it tasted gross (she was giving me spoon fulls unflavored), she made me take alfalfa capsuls instead.<br><br>
I went in to donate the 2nd time, and they put me through the whole interview process, and then took my blood count and the nurse said "this is wrong! This is impossible" and when we asked her what was wrong she said "your red cell count is higher than it was last time. That's not possible after only 2 weeks." So she tested again and got the same result.<br><br>
it doesn't taste that bad, but it is ugly. I put it in OJ and didn't taste it at all. I actually think it would be good in RRL tea (or any other herbal tea really)</td>
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is that enough for ya?
 

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Josybear, I'm totally sold. I'm picking up some cholorphyll next time I'm at the HFS. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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