Being anemic is something I’ve battled with for the last ten years; since my first child. It’s rough. I fight off constant exhaustion and don’t have the greatest energy level anymore but, I get by. Well, this week, I hit an all-time low. My anemia level dropped to an 8.7. How low is that? It should be above 15. Yeah, pretty low.
With that said, my follow-up doctor’s appointment tomorrow will be all about seeing an hematologist and doing iron transfusion before delivery. This is something I’ve never had to do in pregnancy. With my last pregnancy, I was at a 9 with talks about iron infusions and an appointment scheduled but ended up going early. My iron jumped back up to 10.5, a point where I didn’t need infusions. With this pregnancy and most I take 2 prescription iron pills a day and yet I still can’t get by without needing an infusion. Not a happy camper right now as I was really hoping to just enjoy the last 8 weeks of my pregnancy with smooth sailing. With that said, I am hoping to turn to good food for this one in hopes to beat the odds and perhaps get my iron up enough to where I don’t need infusions as they will test again right before.
After the jump, browse through 8 power foods that are iron-rich. I guess this will be my diet in rotation the next few weeks.
Anemic? What tips do you have for me? I’d love any advice with this constant uphill battle and to not feel tired for once.
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