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Does anyone have any suggestions on raising hemoglobin levels?<br>
I am eating the green leafy veggies and drinking pure concord grape juice. My midwife heard something about mullins leaves and told me to research it. Anyone hear anything about this or have any suggestions?
 

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A lower hemoglobin in the middle of pregnancy (or around 30 weeks), compared with the beginning of pregnancy, is actually a good sign!<br><br>
Our blood volume expands by 50%, and the peak occurs around 30 weeks, so we can expect to see a lag in the production of red blood cells for awhile. A nicely expanded blood volume means that your body is doing well - it's women with NO change in hemoglobin, or even a higher hgb, that we worry about!<br><br>
Still, if you're hgb is low enough that you truly are anemic (and this usually is accompanied by major fatigue, being out of breath, etc.), you may find the following ideas helpful:<br><br>
1) Floradex. They sell this in most health food stores - it's an iron source from plants, food and herbs. It is amazing. Unlike prescription iron supplements, it is good for your body and your baby and will not constipate you. It is amazing.<br><br>
2) Blackstrap molasses. Add a tbs to oatmeal or a cup of hot water and chug it down. One to two tbs a day will help within a couple days.<br><br>
3) More greens, like you're doing. Spinach salads are perfect this time of year! Add some to lettuce and it's an easy way to get more iron.<br><br>
4) Cut down on black tea, colas or coffee. All these interefere with iron absorption.<br><br>
5) Do any iron supplement apart from your prenatal vitamins for better absorption<br><br>
7) Kidney beans and chicken have great sources of iron. Dried fruits do, too!
 

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I want to second the floradix and also add in a recommendation for nettle tea.
 

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For a quick drink, especially if you are a flavored coffee drinker:<br><br>
*One tablespoon blackstrap molasses<br>
*A little water<br>
*Some coffee mate or other nondairy, non-calcium enriched drink like regular or vanilla rice dream<br><br>
Mix well, serve cold, drink 2-3 times a day.<br><br>
One of our clients came up with this; I have tried it myself and really like it. You have to play with the amounts of the rice drink or non-dairy creamer, to satisfy your own tastes. It really does work well; also helps with any constipation you might be having...doesn't give you diarrhea (or at least not in my limited experience), but you know how at the end of your pregnancy you can flirt with constipation; this helps eliminate that (no pun intended, but it does!).
 

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lori, that is such a great recipe! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> thank you!
 

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The only other thing I would add to Pam and Lori's recommends, which are great, is a green drink with either powdered Alfalfa or Barley Grass. You can also use Wheatgrass juice. I used to mix my wheatgrass juice with pineapple juice. I really got used to the taste. My Hgb was always low and my midwife worried about my staying at home. The green drink was great. We even used it for a mom who had surgery and was threatened with a blood transfusion. The green drink raised her iron levels high enough to avoid that.<br><br>
All the best....
 

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I want to supplement with alfalfa to get my hemo levels up, and picked up a supplement at the health food store today that has 550 mg per tablet. What would be a good amount to take daily? I'm already taking chlorophyll daily, and today my hemoglobin was 11.6 and I really want to do what I can to boost it a bit. Any suggestions for how much alfalfa is good? Can you get too much alfalfa? Thanks!
 

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O, I am so glad to see this thread here since mine was off today (low). I actually have everything in my pantry to make that recipe.
 

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If you eat meat, the myoglobin in meat is well absorbed. Christyc's 11.6 in her 2nd trimester is great! Whatever you're doing, it's working...
 

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All good suggestions! If you want to add something to maximize absorption try Liquid Chloraphyll. I'm very fond of the Floradex/Liquid Chloraphyll combo because I think it gets the job DONE but adding iron rich foods to your diet is always great. It might take longer but it's always a good thing to do when you're pregnant. There's always beef liver, lol.
 

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I know... My midwife told me 11.6 for this point was a good one, but I was just worried because it's been low in past pregnancies, stayed on the low end of normal for the first part of this pregnancy, and I'm paranoid about the twins and hemorrhaging thing I hear is a little more common in twin births. I asked my midwife yesterday about taking alfalfa in the last trimester, and she said that taking alfalfa throughout isn't a bad idea anyway. So, I got some on the way home and then realized I forgot to ask how much to take! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/duh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="duh"> I'll probably call her today and ask-- I just want to make sure I don't take too much for pregnancy (not sure if you can take it per instructions on bottle during pregnancy).
 

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Okay, I just read through Shonda Parker's The Naturally Healthy Pregnancy checking for alfalfa, and she indicates that 8.4 g of alfalfa concentrate a day is a safe amount for pregnancy. Does anyone have any different info on that?
 

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Alfalfa tea can be drank as you want - a small handful in a quart of water can be sipped on throughout the day.<br><br>
You don't 'hemorrhage' more with twins - it's just that there is a larger placental site, so there is more bleeding. But, it's nice to increase your reserves as much as you can to help with your recovery, for sure. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
ETA: I totally just realized you probably had capsules, not the whole herb. I trust Shonda's information completely.
 

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Ahhh... That makes sense! I hadn't gotten the hemorrhage info from my midwife, just from lots of other natural twin mamas I've talked to who almost all ended up needed herbs or pit to control the bleeding after their homebirths. Good info, though-- that makes sense about the placental site being larger! Thanks!
 

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You don't 'hemorrhage' more with twins - it's just that there is a larger placental site, so there is more bleeding. But, it's nice to increase your reserves as much as you can to help with your recovery, for sure. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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Aren't you more likely to hemorrhage though because the uterus stretches out so much more with twins?
 

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Yes, you are. The uterus is more distended and has done more work and will therefore be at a slightly higher risk of atony. You're not guaranteed a bleed, of course, but it is something to consider with twins.
 
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