Last week I had another glucose test (I passed, yay!) and my OB also ordered a thyroid panel along with checking my iron levels.
My iron levels came back a bit low, so they suggested I take an over the counter iron supplement.
I called Vitamin Cottage and explained:
- I’m pregnant
- need an iron supplement
- don’t want a constipating iron supplement (most cause constipation)
They had two recommendations… one was a liquid and the other was a pill called Blood Builder by MegaFood, which is what I opted for.
I’ve been taking it for a few days and also have been focusing on eating more iron-rich foods like steak, spinach, eggs, & dried fruit.
I have also been reminded to take iron a different time of day than taking calcium AND to take it with Vitamin C for better absorption. 🙂 Today I had my iron supplement while eating a blood orange. YUM!
Getting enough iron during pregnancy is important because (source BabyCenter):
- The amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy until you have almost 50 percent more blood than usual, so you need more iron to make more hemoglobin.
- You need extra iron for your growing baby and placenta, especially in the second and third trimesters.
- Many women need more because they start their pregnancy with insufficient stores of iron.
- Iron-deficiency anemia during pregnancy is associated with preterm delivery, low birth weight, and infant mortality.
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