Trying to get iron up.

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Trying to get iron up.

Well, my extreme tiredness was coming from my iron. Down to 9.5 and have to be at an 11 to deliver at the birthing center so operation "get my iron up" is in full force. I'm taking blood builders 2Xs a day, Chlorophyll 2Xs a day, and Yellow Dock 2Xs a day (this just helps you absorb iron better) so hopefully, it will be back up to atleast a 12 soon! Gonna make some baked Kale chips tonight as well, I've heard they are yummy! What are some other easy, high-iron snacks I can make?

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It's not really a snack, but I lived on Floradix while pregnant and nursing. Great for non-constipating iron.

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Lentils are super high in iron and protein and they're yummy. Smile Here's my favorite lentil recipe (even my two year old loves this):

Spiced Vegetable Dal
1 cup dry lentils
2 T unsalted butter (or olive oil if you want to keep it vegan)
1 T vegetable oil
2 t peeled, minced, fresh ginger
1 T minced garlic (I usually double this)
1 large onion, diced
1 1/2 t ground cumin
1/8 t ground cloves
Pinch of ground turmeric
3 14.5oz cans of vegetable broth (I seem to end up using 4 because it all boils off too early)
4 tomatoes, seeded and diced (the vitamin C helps your body absorb the iron)
1/2 cup coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
4 cups cooked rice (I usually use Basamati)

1. Pick through the lentils, discarding any stones, and rinse them well in a strainer.
2. In a large, heavy soup pot over medium-low heat, heat the butter and oil. Add the ginger, garlic and onion. Saute until the onion turns clear, about 10 minutes. Add the cumin, cloves, and turmeric, and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring well.
3. Stir in the lentils and the broth, and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Add teh tomatoes and parsley. Simmer for another 15-20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the lentils are very soft but not mushy. Season well with salt and pepper.
5. Place 1 cup of rice on each plate, spoon the dal over the rice and serve immediately.

8.09mg iron and 20.14g protein per serving.

I usually add chopped kale or chard when I add the parsley, just because I always have a ton of it in my garden. This will make your house smell SO good. We usually pick up some na'an to eat it with too.

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Almonds were my go-to snack during pregnancy, I kept a bag of them in my desk drawer. They have a good amount of iron & protein. Swap out your peanut butter for almond butter, and you triple your iron intake right there! And if you're having constipation problems, they can help with that, too! Hummus & deviled eggs were my other high-iron favorites but they required more planning than a bag of almonds, LOL! And chlorophyll supplements, which I see you're taking.

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Oops, just realized you were asking for snacks, not recipes. Smile

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Cook in cast iron pans, especially acidic things like spaghetti sauce--not great for the pan, but very good for you! It leaches iron right out of the pan and into your food. We cook almost exclusively in cast iron, other than boiling water.

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"JorgieGirl" wrote:

It's not really a snack, but I lived on Floradix while pregnant and nursing. Great for non-constipating iron.

Yep! Same here. I swear by the stuff. I try and up my iron rich foods along with the Floradix but by the time I reach my 3rd trimester sometimes food alone isn't enough. A bit of a tip - I can not STAND the iron after taste so I chase it with a strong tasting juice. Helps a ton Smile

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I don't have suggestions, just sending you some good iron thoughts!

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thanks ladies, i actually just finished up the sample my MW gave me of the floradix but bought regular chlorophyll b/c it was cheaper. is it weird that i think the chlorophyll tastes good? when i smelled it, i thought it smelled like dirt and grass and i wanted to drink it and it tasted good... pica maybe? my husband thinks i'm crazy. anywho, i'm taking that twice a day, the blood builders, and some yellow dock and i'm just now starting to feel a little more energetic-- still napping twice a day but i'm not so sluggish in between those naps. also eating tons of almonds, kale, dark leafy veggies, brocolie... do you think i can get it up to atleast an 11 by my due date, or preferably by 37 weeks in case i go early???

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My latest fav snack is sunflower seed kernels. They have quite a bit of iron in a serving (I think 10%- so around 4 mg?).
I have no idea how long it takes to get your iron back up. Mine was down to 10 at 28 Weeks and I am really just starting to feel more energetic, but I have no idea what my levels are now.

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"WonderWomanExtrodinare" wrote:

thanks ladies, i actually just finished up the sample my MW gave me of the floradix but bought regular chlorophyll b/c it was cheaper. is it weird that i think the chlorophyll tastes good? when i smelled it, i thought it smelled like dirt and grass and i wanted to drink it and it tasted good... pica maybe? my husband thinks i'm crazy. anywho, i'm taking that twice a day, the blood builders, and some yellow dock and i'm just now starting to feel a little more energetic-- still napping twice a day but i'm not so sluggish in between those naps. also eating tons of almonds, kale, dark leafy veggies, brocolie... do you think i can get it up to atleast an 11 by my due date, or preferably by 37 weeks in case i go early???

I get pica-like everytime I get pregnant, even when my blood tests don't show me being anemica lol For me it's the smell of cleaners & dirt & crunching ice - it's crazy lol Sounds like you have a good plan, I'm glad your starting to feel a bit better. Hope that continues! Smile

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Lentils are tasty... good luck!

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"Chimmy" wrote:

I get pica-like everytime I get pregnant, even when my blood tests don't show me being anemica lol For me it's the smell of cleaners & dirt & crunching ice - it's crazy lol Sounds like you have a good plan, I'm glad your starting to feel a bit better. Hope that continues! Smile

OMGosh, I've had that bad this pregnancy. I was out with DH while he was planting some grass seed on the farm and I just kept wanting to scoop the sandy soil up and eat it. So weird.

Hope you can get your iron up quickly, Becca. I know how much you want your BC birth to work out(and I would too if I had the choice!)!

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What's working better for me than Floradix is Ultimate Iron by Enzymatic Therapy. I've been anemic for the past year and nothing has worked well until this. For the first time in a long time, I am free of my anemia symptoms (fatigue, brittle nails, chest pain, shortness of breath, and ice cravings). I haven't had my levels tested again, yet, but I am sure my levels have come up. I feel sooo much better! Smile

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"Winky_the_HouseElf" wrote:

What's working better for me than Floradix is Ultimate Iron by Enzymatic Therapy. I've been anemic for the past year and nothing has worked well until this. For the first time in a long time, I am free of my anemia symptoms (fatigue, brittle nails, chest pain, shortness of breath, and ice cravings). I haven't had my levels tested again, yet, but I am sure my levels have come up. I feel sooo much better! Smile

oohh and you don't have to drink it Lol I've never heard of this supplement or ever read up on heme iron. Thanks for the link! I'm gonna go see what I can learn about it.

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I was in your shoes (still am even postpartum) being anemic my whole life I've tried just about everything to keep my iron at 10 LOL! (yes for me 10 is amazing) The easiest snack food I've found is actually soybeans! Now you have to be careful with this because of the high levels of estrogen, but if you don't have any hormone imbalances munch away!

Per 100g of soybeans you get 15.70 mg (126% of daily intake) of iron! It's also a healthy source of protein, calcium, dietary fiber, zinc, magnesium and other essential bits!

And I too am a huge fan of yellow dock! that stuff was a miracle through my whole pregnancy and I'm still taking it now (It's only been two weeks and yet the pregnancy feels like forever ago lol) I found it didn't cause constipation like other iron supplements I've taken over the years. As soon as I'm done breastfeeding I think I'll go back to my prescription blood builders and combine that with the yellow dock to see if I can't actually get to 'normal' levels!!!

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I haven't drank hardly any milk the past few days and now I'm craving milk-- I just can't get my body evened out, lol. I guess a glass won't hurt as long as I'm not about to take my iron stuff.....

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"cactuswren" wrote:

Cook in cast iron pans, especially acidic things like spaghetti sauce--not great for the pan, but very good for you! It leaches iron right out of the pan and into your food. We cook almost exclusively in cast iron, other than boiling water.

Just going to ditto this.. I was borderline anemic mid pregnancy (before I got a working stove) and my numbers jumped up once i got a stove in the house and started cooking on my cast iron again. (was using an electric skillet before). There's very little that i don't cook on cast iron (french toast for one) an it works in the oven too for alot of dishes too.

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Go get an alfalfa supplement.

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So I bought some of the Enzymatic today, found it at Good Earth - get home & realize (after opening it of course, just the plastic wrapping to see what the capsules looked like, but still.) that it has Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng) in it. The other version doesn't :doh: That's just frustrating lol I've no idea if that is even safe to take while pregnant - from what I've read it can be in certain cases, but can also cause high BP which is something I'm prone to - soo I should probably avoid it. I was so excited to of found it too, I went back to Whole Foods & returned my Floradix right after buying the Enzymatic.