I have always had low iron stores and I always have heaps of trouble getting levels up. When I fell pregnant with ds (he's nearly 10 months) my levels were very low so for my whole pregnancy I was on 2 iron tablets, the doctor said I couldn't have any more. Since ds was born I've continued the 2 tablets and my iron levels aren't coming up just staying the same. Is this because I'm breastfeeding? Is it bad to have iron levels sooo low for a long time? My doctor said usually people that have my levels can hardly function through the day as they are too tired. I feel tired but I just get on with my day.
Does anyone have any advice on how to get my iron levels up? Oh and I do eat meat.
Sorry for all the questions but my doctor says the only thing I can do is to keep taking the iron tablets. I don't know as it doesn't seem to be working sad Thanks
I think its time for a new Dr, theres more you can do than take a couple of tablets every day.
I had low iron levels in pregnancy and my Dr recommended a liquid iron supplement - because liquid is far more easily absorbed by the body than tablet form. Try Floradix and take 2 x 10ml doses a day, but along with this you need to increase iron rich foods in your diet.
If your levels are not improving within a few months (get another blood test) then they can give you injections as a booster.
If they still arent improving then its time for other tests to find out if you have something else going on, ie something that's preventing your body from absorbing iron.
Its fairly common in pregnancy and post pregnancy to have low iron levels and they take quite a while to build your levels back up again.
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