Re: Iron Deficiency
First of all your ferritin is pretty low. That number itself takes months to go up especially if you are taking oral iron. I started with a 2 and am now at a 33 this is after months (7 to be exact) of taking iron. Most people don't even report feeling better till their ferritin reaches levels of 50-70 and on up. We are talking about a number that can go all the way to 200. Such a pain.
Congrats on your pregnancy!
Being pregnant just makes this issue a little more sensitive for you, because you are going to need MORE iron for you & baby. It's common and normal for women to become anemic during pregnancy. Your B12 is also pretty low and I'm hoping she is treating you for that as well. Definitely something that goes hand in hand with anemia and not something you want to be running short on so make sure you are taking B12 and folate, not only for you but for baby too. Since your going into this pregnancy already anemic and doing as your Dr. advised I am sure your numbers will slowly start getting better, I would definitely not stop taking the iron.
The only problem I really see you getting out of all this is being more run down and tired. Yes the palps are part of the anemia, you will tire more easily and probably in general have a more hard time. The normal experience pregnant women have will most likely be amplified for you. Once that iron starts kicking in and doing what it should some of these symptoms should alleviate for you. Just take it easy and try and enjoy this pregnancy the best you can!
If you can take your iron on an empty stomach with a glass of OJ. If your stomach won't tolerate it, eat something with it but avoid coffee, tea, and milk.
As far as the other problem, I am just the opposite, it sucks. Try eating foods high in fiber, drink lots of water, and if all else fails maybe you can try a slow release iron. Just some ideas! Best of luck and welcome to the boards! Keep us posted on how you are doing. Edited to add: Taking iron and breastfeeding is perfectly fine, as I said anemia is almost normal/expected in women that become pregnant, lots of women are prescribed iron after pregnancies to treat anemia developed during pregnancy.
Last edited by Heatherx5; 11-29-2012 at 03:47 AM.