Wednesday, 5 March 2014

My Experience With Iron Tablets

I've been on iron tablets now for a couple of weeks. When the midwife first mentioned I had low iron I tried to adjust my diet to compensate and try and make up the extra iron I needed for the baby. Sadly it just didn't work, I had a repeat blood test and my iron had dropped again. It still wasn't super low but it was low enough to cause concern.

I didn't really have any signs that I had low iron. I just felt a bit tired and to be honest still do, running around after a 21 month old while pregnant will do that too anyone.

Before I started the tablets I'd spoken to a few people about iron tablets and their experiences. They weren't good ones. Even my midwife warned me about the side effects. The biggest one I heard of was constipation. This can already be a problem during pregnancy so added iron tablets wouldn't be nice for anyone already going through that.

The first night I took the tablets I felt awful around 2 hours after. I had eaten my tea and taken my tablet after. The information booklet said they should be taken with or after food. Taking them after was clearly a mistake for me. The next night I took them in the middle of my meal and felt so much better. I didn't have any sickness what so ever. I also took them with orange juice to help my body absorb as much iron as possible.

Each morning I've being having a high fibre cereal to help with any constipation issues they can cause and it seems to be helping. I've also upped my fruit and vegetable in take to help and increased my water too. I should of been done this before but I guess the iron tablets just gave me that little push to do it.

Im hoping that at my next midwife appointment in a few weeks we will repeat the blood test and my iron will be higher. I hope I don't have to stay on the iron for the rest of my pregnancy but we will cross that bridge if it comes.

What's your experience with iron tablets? 

Thanks for reading,

Nicola Xx

18 comments:

  1. Good luck. Iron tablets didnt work for me. Spatone is the only thing that brought my iron levels up. x

    ReplyDelete
  2. I tried a few types and they all make me feel really sick :( but tablets in general do I can't even stomach paracetamol unless it's in kiddy medicine form.. after birth my iron was low again so had to stay on them for a while but stopped and upped my iron intake in food and fingers crossed this time around I seem fine xx

    ReplyDelete
  3. Iron tablets didn't work for me I ended up with an iron infusion as my iron levels were non existent with Amelia.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Have you tried spatone? Its a little expensive but really worked for me... I also had greens with every meal... even for breakfast... and red meat 2 or 3 x a week. My levels were also really low but I was determined not to have a transfusion x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No I haven't tried it yet. I will do if the tablets don't work x

      Delete
  5. Have you tried spatone? Its a little expensive but really worked for me... I also had greens with every meal... even for breakfast... and red meat 2 or 3 x a week. My levels were also really low but I was determined not to have a transfusion x

    ReplyDelete
  6. I found spatone much better than the tablets - you dissolve it in orange juice and they didn't block me up as badly as Iron tablets did. xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks sweetie. The tablets aren't blocking me up so far which is good x

      Delete
  7. I've always had low iron so wasn't shocked when I did in pregnancy. I didn't have any issues with the iron supplements either. They made me feel great. I did have a craving for orange juice though so that may of stopped me from becoming constipated. TMI but they did make my number two's go a bit funny coloured, ha ha x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha, yep i'm with you on the funny colour!! :P hehe x

      Delete
  8. But yeah, no issues. They were great. x

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hey, hope your iron tablet experience improves my wife had them I think she had problems I cant remember :-P

    ReplyDelete
  10. i had to take iron tablets throughout my pregnancy with Harry and they didn't help at all, i ended up having to have an emergency blood transfusion after his birth as my iron levels were dangerously low. I've heard good things about Spatone though so definitely worth a try if you find the iron tablets don't work for you. xxx

    Vikki
    Love From Mummy - UK Parenting Lifestyle Blog

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh no, same as Kerry :( Thank you sweetie. Hoping that they are working for me xx

      Delete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
 
Design by Studio Mommy (© Copyright 2014)