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March 25th, 2013, 05:00 PM
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My doc recently called me and told me that my iron levels came back on the low side I am currently 29 weeks pregnant and have just added an iron suppliment in addition to my prenatal vitamin. With both the prenatal and iron suppliment I am taking in 55mg of iron..is this too low? I am very nervous to have low levels since I will be having a c-section....have any of you experienced this? Is it really bad to have low levels when having a c-section?
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March 25th, 2013, 06:02 PM
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I was on iron supplements in addition to my prenatals and ended up with an emergency c-section. I had no complications related to my iron levels.
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March 26th, 2013, 02:44 PM
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I'm lurking also. I had low iron levels and had no issues with the c-section.
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March 26th, 2013, 06:49 PM
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Thank you! I have been sooo incredibly nervous about having low iron and my upcoming cs.
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May 30th, 2013, 02:43 PM
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Just lurking. I had low iron and scheduled c-section. My hb was 9 point something. They had blood ready just in case. I didn't need the blood though. They said they wouldn't transfuse me unless I got under 8. This time I'm taking spatone and a prenatal eating lots of spinach also!
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July 9th, 2013, 06:09 AM
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I too had low iron levels and was on an iron supplement in addition to my prenatal vitamin. And the dose was low, like yours. Not to worry. Be sure to eat iron rich foods up until your c-section - kale, spinach, etc ... I had no complications during my c-section either.
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October 24th, 2013, 08:18 PM
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I have always been severely anemic and even had an iron transfusion during my pregnancy and didn't have any problems during my scheduled c-section. My iron is really low again (around a 5 or 6) and we are TTC so I'm already taking a lot of iron supplements and preparing for the possibility of mpre transfusions. If you're staying on top of it and being proactive, I wouldn't worry too much
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