Please Read RE: Iron/Anemia/Pregnancy

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Please Read RE: Iron/Anemia/Pregnancy

I just wanted to post this to all my pg friends in need of iron about FeraMax 150. I have always had to take iron supplements during pg as I get anemic. If you feel really tired, exhausted it's possible it's your iron levels so be sure to get them tested (it's usually tested with your glucose tolerance test). Our babies place huge demands on our blood so it's critical that we stay on top of it. Many people don't know this but it's hard to get the recommended iron everyday from food. When you are pregnant it's recommended you take 40-50mg to prevent anemia and post partum anemia. The problem is our bodies have a really hard time absorbing the right amount of iron even if you take 40-50mg a day. I also found that the regular iron supplements don't always give you the right dose but also give you an upset stomach and severe constipation! So I take FeraMax and it doesn't have any side effects and makes you feel so much better. It is expensive though, about $30 for 30 pills. Just wanted to pass this on to anyone that is struggling with anemia. http://www.feramax.com/pregnancy-and-iron

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TFS. I have to take iron supplements too. My dr. prescribed a great iron supplement, but I can't get a prescription because insurance doesn't cover it. Sad

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Beth I'm confused by your post? So you need the prescription but you aren't allowed to pick it up because of insurance? Why would they deny it? Can you just pick it up without insurance?? I know in Canada iron supplements are not considered a drug so you can't have a prescription for it. You can't just go to the pharmacy and pick up iron pills? If you need it I would definately go and get some, even the cheap versions as it will stress your own system.

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As an add-on to your post, something to note is that Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron better, so if you are taking an iron supplement (or even just increasing your iron intake via food sources), try to take it with orange juice or something similar.

Calcium binds up iron and decreases the amount that is absorbed, so don't take iron within about an hour of dairy products or other sources of calcium.

Get the most out of that iron! Biggrin