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Old 04-20-2012, 04:00 PM   #1
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Anaemia and early pregnancy

Hello! I have been reading the board and this has to be the most extensive forum I have ever seen...
I am hoping there might be some advice for me on this, thank you in advance.

I have had bouts of anaemia for the past 6 years, on and off. Back in November 2011 I was tested again and my iron levels were low, down to 7.9 (I hope that makes sense, forgive me, I don't remember the medical terminology.) I understand the acceptable healthy minimum is 11. So I have been taking ferrous sulphate (60mg tablet) once a day since. Up until I found out I was pregnant, I was feeling much better, to the extent I could run long distance again and had stopped sleeping all the time.

The past 2 weeks I have reverted back to feeling exhausted and this evening for instance, I went to bed at 18:00 after work. I know early pregnancy makes you tired but I am concerned my iron levels are still depleted. I am due a blood test Monday to check them again but I am wondering how anaemia can impact a pregnancy? I cannot spend then next 8 months sleeping!

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Old 04-20-2012, 04:02 PM   #2
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Re: Anaemia and early pregnancy

PS I am 3.5 weeks pregnant

Old 04-20-2012, 06:37 PM   #3
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Re: Anaemia and early pregnancy

Quite a few women become anemic when they are pregnant. If I remember correctly, it has to do with the increased volume of blood you have or something like that. You are usually prescribed prenatal vitamins that have extra iron for that reason. My iron levels were good with the vitamins.

But just from carrying the extra weight, I remember being tired from the beginning of pregnancy until the end. Oh wait, after they are born, you are still tired because they don't sleep. And then I think that lasts about ten years..... but that's just from raising them! LOL.

So take your iron now and stock up on it.

And congrats.

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