For the past couple weeks I’ve been extremely fatigued. The kind of tired that makes you feel physically ill just trying to get through the day. I would find myself not being able to get out of bed in the morning, and wanting to go back to bed around 7:30 pm, with dreams of naps (that never happened) in between.
Then a few days ago I got very dizzy for an entire afternoon. Getting the spins really scared me, as I have three other kids to take care of. I knew something was up, and I should probably head on in to my doctors office.
Blood work was ordered, and the results are in. As I expected, I’m anemic.
So what does this all mean?
Basically, my pregnant body isn’t getting enough iron to keep up with my increased blood production. Even while eating a (mostly) balanced diet and taking my prenatal vitamins, I’m still lacking sufficient amounts of iron in my body. Before I was pregnant, I needed about 15 milligrams (mg) of iron a day. Now that I’m knocked up, I need twice this amount, or around 30 mg.
Fortunately, mild anemia is a very common, very treatable symptom of pregnancy.
So what’s my prescribed treatment?
I’m starting with an over the counter iron supplement, and then possibly switching to a more potent prescription strength in a week or two, if need be. One of the side effects of taking an iron supplement is that it can sometimes cause stomach irritation as well as constipation. (woo hoo! *sarcasm*)
Overall, if low iron is the biggest problem I have, I would say I’m doing pretty well. And really, pooping comfortably is SO overrated. I would trade having enough energy to stay up late enough to watch prime time TV any day over going to the bathroom. (see, always a bright side)
Are you anemic? How have you dealt with it?
Are prenatal vitamins necessary? Read why this mom didn’t take hers