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,