low iron - suggestions? pre-natal recs?

AmnerisAmneris Registered Users Posts: 15,117
So I am 17 weeks today. I had a midwife appointment yesterday and everything was fine, except that my iron levels are low, and my midwife told me I need to get them up or I will not be a good candidate for a homebirth.

One thing is that I am a vegetarian, so eating more meat isn't an option. Secondly, I have not been taking pre-natal vitamins or iron. I stopped before I was even pregnant - I was taking them in preparation for trying to conceive and they were causing me really bad, painful constipation with hemerrhoids, cramps and a lot of bleeding, which would freak me out in pregnancy. It got better as soon as I stopped. (I have always kept on taking folic acid, b-complex vitamins, calcium, etc.)

So my question is, what can I eat/take to raise my iron levels? I know dark green veggies like broccoli, spinach, kale etc. are great, but I can barely eat veggies as they make me vomit - even the sight and smell of most of them is awful. Is there a brand of pre-natals that is less constipating than others? (I took the cheapest generics I could find, and my midwife suggested that some name brands might be better.) Is there something I can eat or take along with the pre-natals to make it easier? Something that won't aggravate nausea and vomiting? I'm going to go ask a pharmacist in the next couple of days, but I always like to hear from people what has actually worked for them (assuming I'm not the only one with this problem.)
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  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Registered Users Posts: 31,259 Curl Connoisseur
    This product kept me from risking out of homebirth due to low iron:


    It's a form of iron that is much more digestible than the crap they put in prenatal vits.
  • DarkAngelDarkAngel Registered Users Posts: 2,671 Curl Neophyte
    I tried Floradix but it was too expensive for the amounts that I needed to take. I ended up buying another food based iron from a local co-op. I am drawing a blank on the name but a midwife who also worked there advised me on which to take. My iron didn't improve but it stayed didn't drop as is common later in pregnancy.

    For prenatals, I took the GNC brand. I had some constipation issues even before switching to them from my normal multi. Lots of water and pineapple juice helped.

    "Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." -- Theodor Seuss Geisel
  • sarah42sarah42 Registered Users Posts: 4,034
    I've heard that using cast iron cookware, especially for acidic foods like tomato sauce, can increase one's iron levels.
  • WileE-DeadWileE-Dead Banned Banned Users Posts: 24,963 Curl Neophyte
    One Source...
  • DelmaDelma Registered Users Posts: 1,121
    I second rcw's rec:thumright:, a greens supplement that you mix into smoothies might also work,check with your midwife first though.

  • DelmaDelma Registered Users Posts: 1,121
  • mayimmayim Registered Users Posts: 2,301
    nettle leaf tea. steep several ounces of it in a quart of boiled water for 4 hours or overnight. drink a quart daily.

    coarse, thick 3a
    modified cg


  • AmnerisAmneris Registered Users Posts: 15,117
    Thank you everyone for the suggestions!

    Just to update... I've been taking liquid iron. I take Palafer. I have been on it for a while now - I haven't had my levels tested yet but I definitely feel like I have more energy. And no digestive problems with it. So thanks for that RCW!

    (it is hella expensive though....)
    Get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me. -Muhammad Ali



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