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Fighting Anemia During Pregnancy: 8 Power Foods To Help You

By Casi Densmore-Koon |

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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Iron Rich Foods To Fight Anemia in Pregnancy

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
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Make Summer Trail Mix

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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Casi Densmore-Koon is the founder and editor of cupcakeMAG, and cupcakeMAG Littles, ringleader of her five kids under ten, and her darling hubs. When she isn’t writing, interviewing celebs, and styling clients, you can find her reading the “weeklies,” wishing she had a nanny, and chasing after her little ones! Read bio and latest posts → Read Casi's latest posts →

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2 thoughts on “Fighting Anemia During Pregnancy: 8 Power Foods To Help You

  1. DeathMetalMommy says:

    I’m a little anemic myself this time around. It’s never happened before so I really didn’t know if I should worry. On top of that I was exhausted and losing weight. They haven’t checked again so I don’t know if it’s gotten any better. It did explain the dizziness and near-blackouts upon standing, though.

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  2. Kelly says:

    Thanks for posting… I found out I was anemic after passing out at 10 weeks. Fun, Fun!

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