Fighting Anemia During Pregnancy: 8 Power Foods To Help You

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.

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  • Nuts and Seeds 1 of 9
    Nuts and Seeds
    Sunflower and sesame are top on my list. A great snack with a high iron content. I love that I can pack them in my purse for a quick snack on-the-go or top them on my salad.
    Source via Iron Rich Foods
    Image via Joy the Baker
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  • Bran Flakes 2 of 9
    Bran Flakes
    Another one I've always loved! I was so excited to see them on the list of fortified breakfast cereals to boost your iron. Having just one serving of Bran Flakes gives you around 18 mg of Iron. However, the typical absorption rate is only 10% to 15% of dietary iron so drink a glass of good ole' OJ with your flakes to boost absorption. The perfect breakfast these days!
    Source via Iron Rich Foods
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  • Egg Yolks 3 of 9
    Egg Yolks
    While eggs are't the highest food in iron, egg yolks can be a boost. Think about making a spinach and egg omelet for an iron rich breakfast.
    Source via Iron Rich Foods
    Image via Stone Soup
    Make Coddled Eggs
  • Spinach 4 of 9
    Spinach
    I actually love spinach. Is that weird? It's one of my favorites. I love mixing it with pasta and cottage cheese but also, having it on a salad. Spinach is one of the top rich in iron veggies to stock-up on.
    Source via WedMD
    Image via Joy the Baker
    Make Spinach Tomato Orzo Soup
  • Red Meat 5 of 9
    Red Meat
    I am definitely not a vegetarian but we really don't eat a lot of red meat in my house because my 9 year old won't touch it. She loves animals. With that said, this is something I am just going to have to stock up on. Per my doctor, it's steak, 3X a week. I am pretty sure my husband is super-excited about this one!
    Source via WedMD
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  • Instant Breakfast 6 of 9
    Instant Breakfast
    Oatmeal, Cream of Wheat! It's the way to go. Top it with blueberries, one the fresh fruits that are good for your iron rich diet.
    Source via American Red Cross
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    Make Vegan Cookie Outmeal
  • Dried Fruit: Hello Raisins 7 of 9
    Dried Fruit: Hello Raisins
    While fresh fruit isn't the best choice when it comes to Iron; dried fruit is the way to go. Think raisins, peaches, apricots and prunes. All of them are high on the list for iron rich snacks.
    Source via Iron Rich Foods
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    Make Spiced Oatmeal with Dried Fruit
  • Potatoes 8 of 9
    Potatoes
    Good ole' potatoes! Not only are they high in vitamin C and potassium, they are fat-free and cholesterol-free. Power food right? They enhance iron absorption.
    Source via Diet and Fitness Today
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  • Great Tip! 9 of 9
    Great Tip!
    Like I stated earlier, don't forget the vitamin C, like orange juice. If you iron-rich foods along with vitamin c filled foods, your body can better absorb the iron. Also, from personal experience, have your doctor check your Vitamin D levels. In the past, I was Vitamin D deficient which can cause your body not to absorb the iron.
    Source via WedMD
    Image via iStock Photo
    Make An Orange Juice Frosty

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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