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December 9th, 2011, 10:26 AM
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Anemia! Oh hurray...

SO keeps on sending me pictures of steaks and spinach to remind me to eat more of them. It's kinda cute actually

Hopefully by the next blood draw things will have come back to a normal level.
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December 9th, 2011, 10:33 AM
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Do you have to take a supplement, too? I'm supposed to but I haven't started taking it yet. I'm scared of it.
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December 9th, 2011, 10:42 AM
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Does that mean you dont have alot of iron or something?
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December 9th, 2011, 10:48 AM
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Yes, it means you need more iron. I take an iron supplement...supposed to take it twice a day, but I only take it once at night because it makes me sick....my prenatles have iron in them, so I take that in the mornings and call it good=)
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December 9th, 2011, 10:51 AM
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It's a decreased level of red blood cells that can be caused by low iron levels in the blood.

My OB and I wanted to see if I could make it come back to more normal levels by adjusting what I eat before going the iron supplement route (because I've just been prescribed Colace for erm... *whispers*...constipation). Iron is known for aggravating the problems so I have an appointment in a week to check my levels before we change our game plans.
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December 9th, 2011, 11:42 AM
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No fun Elaine! And it does suck because iron rich foods can also cause constipation. And the worst part is spinach is probably the worst veggie you could eat, even though it is very iron rich.

Hope you find some stuff that works and your next draw is better.
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December 9th, 2011, 11:45 AM
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I love steak, I CRAVE steak!! And I have DH grill steaks atleast twice a week lol even tho we have 6inches of snow on the ground....wonder if that is why I don't have anemia problems this go around. Good luck!! I hope u can get ur levels back to normal!! I think I will pick up some steaks tonight since we r on the subject
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December 9th, 2011, 11:48 AM
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OMGosh! Now you're gonna make me put steaks on my grocery list.
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December 9th, 2011, 11:56 AM
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Haha! I went and bought a steak and some spinach for my lunch I'm trying, even though I'm not a big red meat fan!
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December 9th, 2011, 12:14 PM
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mmmmm, steak! LOL! I hope everything will be back to normal at your next appointment, Elaine!
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December 9th, 2011, 12:22 PM
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Doesn't everyone want steak for dinner now?
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December 9th, 2011, 01:04 PM
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I could use a steak! Mmmm! I don't mind spinach either. I don't know what I'm going to do if my iron comes up low on Tuesday. I take Slow FE every morning and my prenatals at night. My prenatals have iron in them. I'm just so exhausted still that I can't imagine that it's going to come back at a good number.
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December 9th, 2011, 01:41 PM
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I'm really hoping I do not come up as anemic on Tuesday. I'm constipated as it is, and I've been anemic before...it sucks...I can't imagine dealing with it while pregnant.

And I can honestly say I do not want steak haha. Working in a steakhouse, you get burnt out on it pretty fast. That's cute of DH though
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December 9th, 2011, 08:32 PM
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Are there restrictions on how we can eat our steaks? I usually like my steaks medium but I am not sure if I can do that while pregnant. I know with hamburger, it's recommended to eat it well done but I'm not sure on steaks.
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December 9th, 2011, 09:14 PM
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If it isn't one thing it is another. I'm not a huge fan of steaks either and the iron supplement is a pain in the a** (literally) Hope your next test comes back better!
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December 9th, 2011, 09:38 PM
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Yum I want steak! Hope your next one comes back normal
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December 9th, 2011, 09:55 PM
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Are there restrictions on how we can eat our steaks? I usually like my steaks medium but I am not sure if I can do that while pregnant. I know with hamburger, it's recommended to eat it well done but I'm not sure on steaks.
Like a lot of food restrictions there seems to be a lot of debate on this.
I always hear "it has to be fully cooked to be safe", and a lot of woman translate this to "well done". Well for beef to be considered "fully cooked" it needs to reach 145degrees internal temperature [the same way chicken should reach 165degrees to be fully cooked] A medium rare steak generally reaches an internal temperature of 135 degrees, a medium should be 145degrees. So technically a medium steak IS considered fully cooked.
I work in a steakhouse, and eat medium rare steak all. the. time! But it's a high class restaurant, and we serve extremely high quality of beef that usually sits in a cryo-vac bag until it gets cooked.

Oh and for hamburger meat, I think it's always recommended to eat it well done regardless of being pregnant or not because it's a lot easier for ground beef to become contaminated all the way through than a slab of meat.
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December 10th, 2011, 08:51 AM
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I'm always anemic... pregnant or not. I always tell my doctors that yes I am anemic, you don't need to tell me, and no I will not take iron supplements. They make me puke for hours after taking them, even when not pregnant, doesn't matter how or when I take them.
However, at my appointment Wednesday they said my levels are so low now that I *HAVE* to take the supplements and that they'll be retesting me at my next appointment to be sure I have. I've yet to actually take one though...
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December 10th, 2011, 08:58 AM
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Kelly, I was gonna say I always eat my steaks medium, regardless. But glad to know medium is fully cooked.
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December 10th, 2011, 10:19 AM
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Like a lot of food restrictions there seems to be a lot of debate on this.
I always hear "it has to be fully cooked to be safe", and a lot of woman translate this to "well done". Well for beef to be considered "fully cooked" it needs to reach 145degrees internal temperature [the same way chicken should reach 165degrees to be fully cooked] A medium rare steak generally reaches an internal temperature of 135 degrees, a medium should be 145degrees. So technically a medium steak IS considered fully cooked.
I work in a steakhouse, and eat medium rare steak all. the. time! But it's a high class restaurant, and we serve extremely high quality of beef that usually sits in a cryo-vac bag until it gets cooked.

Oh and for hamburger meat, I think it's always recommended to eat it well done regardless of being pregnant or not because it's a lot easier for ground beef to become contaminated all the way through than a slab of meat.
Thanks so much for this explanation!! Now I can feel good about eating some Medium or Medium Well steak. I cannot handle steak that is well done. Yuck!
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