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I just found out I have low iron levels! Who knew. Apparently you have to be at 10 to have a homebirth so I better eat a lot of chard and start on the supplements. Midwife recommended floradix, anybody take it?
 

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I recently tested low for iron stores (different from circulation iron apparently) and my mw suggested I take <a href="http://nulifevitamins.com/productdetail/productdetail.asp?Product_Name=Hemoplex" target="_blank">Hemoplex</a> - she didn't mention anything about my planned homebirth being in jeopardy though.
 

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My iron was borderline low with my daughter, and i was told if it dropped any more they wouldn't want it to be a homebirth.<br><br>
I loaded up on the floradix, and it worked for me!
 

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Another vote for Floradix. I haven't had to take it yet, but will start a bit closer to the birth.
 

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DDC crashing to let you know how I saved my HB! Had horribly low iron levels. They were so low, she was not even sure how I had not collapsed!<br><br>
Took double dose floradix daily alongside with this disgusting yellow dock tincture, beetroot capsules daily with meals, alongside a glass of OJ. Also upped my spinach, green veggies and protein. What a difference it made.<br>
My energy and general well being improved within 48 hours. My iron levels crept up over several weeks. All very easy on the system. My original OB had kept having me take regular iron supps, which did nothing but block me up. The floradix is absorbed more easily.<br><br>
Was able to have my homebirth with safe iron levels.<br><br>
DH actually also started taking the beetroot capsules alongside an iron supplement and we both felt better. GUess we were run down and letting our nutrition slide. Every once in a while, when I start to get too exhausted I take the whole regime for a couple of weeks for a quick energy boost!<br><br>
All the best for the rest of your pregnancy.
 

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Floradix is awesome. My midwife tested my iron earlier in my pregnancy because I was complaining of extreme fatigue. I tested at an 8. She put me on floradix and liquid chloraphyll. I took that stuff religiously 3 times a day and incorporated more beef into my diet and when she tested me 4 weeks later I was at a 14. She couldn't believe it. So don't worry, the stuff works. I had the same issue last pregnancy, I was at a 9, but she didn't test me until I was 34 weeks. I took the same combo and dose and in about 2 weeks I was able to get it up to an 11.
 

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I was a big proponent of Floradix until I found Garden of Life's Vitamin Code - Raw Iron. It's a capsule, so it's much easier to take than the Floradix (it was making me puke). My iron levels have JUMPED up since I've been taking it.
 

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I bet my sister would have liked to know about Floradix at the time. She was vegetarian during her last pregnancy (is now vegan), and her iron levels were jeopardizing her homebirth. Instead of trying what you are trying, she passed the meat market in Whole Foods and decided she really wanted a pot roast! I cooked her three multi-pound pot roasts in the span of the week she was over for Christmas...she looks back on it with disgust now, but was glad at the time since it saved her homebirth! But I suppose this would only work if you a) have an overpowering desire overriding your normal eating habits and b) have a sister ready and willing to handle raw meat!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i bet my sister would have liked to know about floradix at the time. She was vegetarian during her last pregnancy (is now vegan), and her iron levels were jeopardizing her homebirth. Instead of trying what you are trying, she passed the meat market in whole foods and decided she really wanted a pot roast! I cooked her three multi-pound pot roasts in the span of the week she was over for christmas...she looks back on it with disgust now, but was glad at the time since it saved her homebirth! But i suppose this would only work if you a) have an overpowering desire overriding your normal eating habits and b) have a sister ready and willing to handle raw meat!</div>
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So I'm on the floradix, and also trying to eat more beef/chard/tofu, etc. And just realized the floradix is staining my teeth! I know it's not permanent but it was sort of weird to think I'm like growing cast iron teeth, you know?
 

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Crashing to say I love Floradix! I had marginal iron levels with ds and only discovered F after I gave birth but my iron levels jumped way up and it was the only dietary change I made. <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'm vegetarian hoping for a homebirth. Been taking Floradix since 1st tri and when my iron level was tested a month ago it was excellent.<br><br>
Go Floradix!<br><br>
(But do have a chaser to mask the flavor afterward!)
 

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I've had low iron with both pregnancies and floradix has taken care of it both times. But my midwife never dangled it as a potential deal breaker, just something we needed to fix so I'm in optimal health. I bet you'll find that you respond really well to the floradix and have no problems having your hb.
 

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Just to add more info:<br><br>
At 29 weeks, I had my hemoglobin tested and it was around 9 (low). I started taking floradix, 20 mL per day, remembering MOST days <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> and at my prenatal yesterday (33w) it was up to 10.6. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I'm obvs going to keep up with it and hope I get over 11 and out of "anemic" status, but just 4 weeks got me up to safe levels. For the record, I don't take a prenatal vitamin with iron.
 

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oh, I so have to have a chaser.. and breath through my nose for a few minutes after... but floradix has really helped my son and I get our iron levels up..
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I've had low iron with both pregnancies and floradix has taken care of it both times. But my midwife never dangled it as a potential deal breaker, just something we needed to fix so I'm in optimal health. I bet you'll find that you respond really well to the floradix and have no problems having your hb.</div>
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Thanks for that.<br><br>
My midwives are taking more blood next week - I'm curious to know how it's changed.<br><br>
Since they say take iron with citrus I've been chasing the Floradix with grapefruit juice.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Thanks for that.<br><br>
My midwives are taking more blood next week - I'm curious to know how it's changed.<br><br>
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Definitely let us know how the iron counts are next week.<br>
I had low iron with DD (and with this one too, but I started on my iron supplements early) and hemmoraged afterwards and it really just exhausted me for days (although I'm sure the whole giving-birth thing and the newborn thing added to that <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">). I'm hoping to avoid that this time and I hope yours goes up.
 
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