I'm Anemic. Now What?

27 weeks and newly anemic

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)

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