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June 2nd, 2011, 11:00 AM
HeatherLopez's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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Got a call this morning that I do not have gestational diabetes, but I'm anemic and need to start taking an iron supplement. She recommended slow-fe or something like that. I'm a bit nervous to take it, because it causes constipation, and I'd rather not deal with that. Do you think it would be very bad if I skip the iron supplement? I think I just need to be more diligent about taking my prenatals and eat more foods rich in iron. So, what are foods I can eat that have lots of iron in them???
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June 2nd, 2011, 11:26 AM
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I'm glad you don't have GD, but boo on the low iron. I think spinach and liver (or any red meat) is really high in iron. I started iron supplements, but I'm just taking them every other day.
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June 2nd, 2011, 11:29 AM
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woohooo on no GD!!

did they say what your iron level was?

I did find this

Foods High in Iron

Iron Rich Foods

Beef, Pork, Lamb (Pick red meats that are lean), veal.
Green Leafy Vegetables: Spinach, Asparagus, Broccoli, Collard Greens, Mustard Greens, Kale, Turnip Greens, Parsley, Cabbage, chard, watercress, brussel sprouts.
Certain fortied foods: Cereals, Oatmeal, Pasta, Rice, Grits
Liver, Tofu, Barley, Fish: Tuna Potato

Foods High In Iron

Salmon, Shrimp, Tuna, Oysters, Clams, and most kinds of seafood.
Most kind of Dried Beans: Lima Beans, Kidney Beans, Navy Beans, Soy Beans, Chick Beans, Pinto Beans, Black Eye Beans
Nuts: Almonds, Cashews, Walnuts, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame, Tahini, dried beans, hazlenuts, lentils, peanuts.
Dried Fruits: Apricots, Rasins, Dates - Prunes, Figs.
Fruits: Oranges, cantaloupes, lemons, limes, grapefruit, tangerine, tangelo
Turkey, Chicken, Egg Yolks
Note: Natural iron is found in many foods, however, many people do not absorb it well. Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron while caffeine can make it difficult for the body to absorb iron.

Top 10 Iron-Rich Foods

To boost the amount of iron in your diet, try these foods:

Red meat
Egg yolks
Dark, leafy greens (spinach, collards)
Dried fruit (prunes, raisins)
Iron-enriched cereals and grains (check the labels)
Mollusks (oysters, clams, scallops)
Turkey or chicken giblets
Beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans
And here's a tip: If you eat iron-rich foods along with foods that provide plenty of vitamin C, your body can better absorb the iron.

Hope that helps.

(and for what it's worth, mine is low but we aren't doing anything.)
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June 2nd, 2011, 11:58 AM
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Yay for no GD! I'd try changing your diet first and see how that goes, but that's just me.
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June 2nd, 2011, 12:49 PM
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I am in the same boat. I went to the health food store and got a supplement that says on the bottle it doesn't cause constipation. But they might lie, I will let you know.
Because I have a midwife I have a huge book of natural things. I was reading last night about anemia. Some things I learned last night...anemia is more than just lack of iron. It is also a deficiency in B vitamin and protein. You might consider B, I might need to buy some. Also C helps in absorption of iron, so taking it with orange juice is good. Calcium can keep you from absorbing iron.
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