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Low iron after giving birth: suggestions?

They said I have low iron after I had my daughter this week. I've had a tendency too be anemic my whole life so I know the pills they perscribed will make me sick. Also I worry that they might constipate my daughter through breastmilk. I began taking my regular vitamins when I got back home. Help me remember moms, what are some things I can eat to keep my iron up?

 
ajguinn

Asked by ajguinn at 10:35 PM on Jul. 19, 2009 in Health

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  • Spinach, kale, tofu, beef liver, lean red meats, seafood like tuna, salmon, clams, oysters & shrimp, cooked dry beans and lentils, iron fortified cereals, broccoli, asparagus, swiss chard, turnip greens, poultry, eggs, dried prunes or apricots and blackstrap molasses are all good food sources of iron.

    Vitamin C helps your body to absorb iron, so try to pair iron rich foods with vitamin C rich foods like citrus fruits, citrus fruits, like oranges, cantaloupe, strawberries, tomatoes, broccoli, cabbage, kiwi fruit, bell peppers.

    It is harder for the body to absorb the iron that is found in fruits, vegetables, and grains, than the iron that is found in animal foods, including red meats, poultry, and fish.
    michiganmom116

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 11:00 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Spinach and beef are what comes to mind... I know there is more but I cant remember right now.
    saphire_eyes802

    Answer by saphire_eyes802 at 10:42 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • "Spinach, kale, tofu, beef liver, lean red meats, seafood like tuna, salmon, clams, oysters & shrimp, cooked dry beans and lentils, iron fortified cereals, broccoli, asparagus, swiss chard, turnip greens, poultry, eggs, dried prunes or apricots and blackstrap molasses are all good food sources of iron."

    ^ I really couldn't top that. I had the same issue after I had my daughter (I lost 2 pints of blood during delivery), and I had to take the pills in order to avoid a blood transfusion (they made me sick too!). They didn't constipate my daughter, but they did give her very bad gas. Chances are anything you eat that's high in Iron might as well. Have some gripe water handy just in case!
    milfalicious08

    Answer by milfalicious08 at 12:42 AM on Jul. 20, 2009

  • I'm boarderline anemic and have been most of my adult life. Most of those iron rich foods I don't like so I take iron suppliments. As said about they can cause stomach upset and constipation.
    pagirl71

    Answer by pagirl71 at 8:09 AM on Jul. 20, 2009

  • I'm borderline anemic. If you're normally borderline and not truly anemic, then you can get back on track by taking your prenatal vitamins and eating iron rich foods.

    For me, a hamburger a day really improves the way I feel. Any time I feel weak, I go straight for a burger. Also, raisins have iron and super easy to snack on throughout the day. Also, be sure to eat an iron fortified cereal for breakfast.

    Other iron rich foods:
    * Beans
    * Turkey
    * Canned asparagus
    * Lentils
    * Pumpkin seeds
    ThrivingMom

    Answer by ThrivingMom at 10:03 AM on Jul. 20, 2009

  • http://www.soystache.com/iron
    copy and paste the above link to see a listing of iron rich foods. be sure to have a vitamin C source with your iron; the C increases the absorbtion of the iron
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 4:51 PM on Jul. 20, 2009

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