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April 9th, 2013, 07:45 PM
angelaod's Avatar Regular
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I apologize if we have all ready talked about this. So I have been taking the gummy prenatals because I could no longer stomach the chewable. Problem is gummies have no iron in them. I have tried taking an iron supplement but the constipation is awful! Is anyone else not taking iron?
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April 9th, 2013, 08:41 PM
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Oddly enough, in the past I have medical issues that negatively affect the way my body stores, creates, and uses some vitamins. I had been taking a small iron supplement but was dealing with the bad constipation. My dr took me off of the iron for one month and had me change my diet to include iron rich foods. After doing my bloodwork at my last appointment, my ob actually called me herself yesterday and said my iron levels are NORMAL. They haven't been in years.
I would consult your doctor about what you can change in diet, and get plenty of fiber!! This will help with the constipation. Apples, apple and grape juice, or a bowl of fiber rich cereals help move things along for me.
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April 9th, 2013, 10:33 PM
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I take liquid iron, as I don't tolerate iron in pill form well at all. Beyond the extreme constipation it also makes me sick.

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April 10th, 2013, 03:39 AM
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Right now I'm taking PregVit 5 and Vitamin D. My OB told me that these are better to take than the regular prenatals because I am still nursing.
I have bloodwork to do next week. If my iron is low I will have to take something called Palafin. He said to up the fiber and he gave me a prescription for Colace as well just in case!
Good luck!

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April 10th, 2013, 04:04 AM
2Corinthians10:4's Avatar Platinum Supermommy
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I am not taking an iron supplement other than what is in my prenatals. My doctor wants me on one, but I just can't stomach them. Like pp I am trying to keep mine up with my diet. Lot's of leafy greens, pumpkin seeds as a snack, beans, and red meat. I am hoping that this will keep my iron levels up, but if it doesn't I will look into a liquid supplement or even an alfalfa supplement.
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April 10th, 2013, 07:46 AM
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I took an iron supplement for a couple days but my m/s got really bad and my doc said to stop, especially since I take zofran which causes constipation too. Ill go back on the iron when I'm off the zofran.
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April 10th, 2013, 11:15 AM
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Maybe you could try juicing high iron foods, since you're having trouble with m/s? Liquid might be easier to keep down. If you google "High Iron Juice" lots of recipes pop up
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April 10th, 2013, 12:34 PM
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I,take the gummies when I'm too sick to take the horse pills. I'm with Allison though and zofran plus extra iron,was not fun.
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April 10th, 2013, 04:44 PM
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I'm not feeling right about taking ANY supplements- now that my appetite for healthy food is back i really feel like I'm getting all I need from food. my body did NOT like the iron in the prenatals... it was not good!! yellow dock is a good herb for getting iron, and I eat SO MUCH leafy greens it's not funny!

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April 10th, 2013, 04:49 PM
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I cant stomach anything but the gummy vitamins now with no iron. I'm also still having aversions to foods high in iron. I talked to my doctor about it and he said not to worry this early in pregnancy, he said he gets more concerned about iron deficiency later in pregnancy, but even at that time it will be monitored with blood work.

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April 10th, 2013, 06:56 PM
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Thanks ladies. I think I am going to try to take the iron supplements 3 days a week and see if that is any better. If not, spinach salad here I come.
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