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Old 08-08-2006, 06:54 PM   #1
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Low in Iron.....

Hey all, well I am 29wks this week and my tests came back a little low on Iron. I got heck for not taking my prenatal vitamins which I started taking as soon as I got home but as for diet any recomendations on what foods are good particularly snack type foods. I more or less snack all day rather then have big meals. I know whole wheat bread and broccolli are good but what else?

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Old 08-10-2006, 01:04 PM   #2
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Re: Low in Iron.....

Hi Sava -

I'm thinking nuts & peanut butter have a decent amt. of iron. Also dried apricots, prunes, beans, spinach, & lots of cereals are fortified with iron. Sometimes for snacks I eat deli meat w/cheese. Most lean meats are good sources of iron, and I know some people will tell you not to eat deli meat when preggo but I always have. I also get the precooked shrimp to eat with coctail sauce as a snack, and I believe they are a good source of iron as well.

I don't think my iron has been checked since my initial blood work at my first prenatal visit. I recall getting iron checks in my last pregnancies, but not this time, and at 32 wks. you would think I would be getting them. Anyway, I'm rambling...


Old 08-10-2006, 01:24 PM   #3
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Re: Low in Iron.....

I'm always low too. My dr keeps telling me to focus on dark leafy greens and red meat (not my cup of tea but I'm trying). Iron fortified cereals are great too, Total especially. It also has all the folic acid and lots of other good stuff we should be getting. Mandrea mentioned deli meats. I ate a chicken breast sandwich everyday for about five months when I was pg w/ ds and he's fine but my dr did mention that deli meats can be dangerous when I asked about soft serve ice cream. Both can have a bacteria (starts w/ an L but I can never remember what it is) that is dangerous to the bean. The risk is low in soft serve but fairly high w/ deli meat but she said just microwave it until its steaming and it is safe. Hope this helps.

Old 08-10-2006, 07:51 PM   #4
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Re: Low in Iron.....

my doc ordered iron tabs, plus i'm taking prenatal vitamins. all the foods mentioned are excellent choices of iron.

Old 08-12-2006, 05:36 PM   #5
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Re: Low in Iron.....

My doctor recommended me taking iron tablet as well. I'm taking Slow FE along with my prenatals.

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