pica and anemia

Lebogang - posted on 10/20/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Am 5 months pregnant with anaemia due to iron deficiency. I am always craving for dried clay soil which is said to contribute to anaemia. I am taking my b vitamins and iron supplements but still crave for dirt. What can I eat or do to minimise this habit?

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The - posted on 10/24/2014

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Iron is readily absorbed be it from meat or plant. It is not so readily absorbed as a supplement. Dairy does help balance you so that you do not end up absorbing too much iron but your growing baby also needs the calcium for bone development. So going with no dairy is not a way to go when it comes to iron and pregnancy. Yes Vitamin C is also a must for iron absorption. The myth that you cannot get adequate absorption from plants is just that MYTH. They tell people who are on blood thinners not to eat or drastically limit their iron intake ESPECIALLY FROM PLANT SOURCES due to the rapid absorption of the IRON from plants. They also warn about limiting meat to proper portions as well or going to all seafood if possible for a while which will help them limit the IRON intake. ALSO THE VEGGIES AND FRUITS have way more other nutrients your growing baby needs than just scarfing down meats. Of meats the highest in IRON is the LIVER so unless you want to eat liver from beef and chickens everyday I think the vegetable route is better which is SPINACH, NUTS, BEANS, SEEDS, GREENS, BEETS, and many others. ALSO CAFFEINE, CARBONATED DRINKS, AND ALCOHOL DEPLETE YOUR BODY OF IRON AND NUTRIENTS AS WELL. Any processed foods HIGH in thing like calcium, milk by products, caffeine, alcohol, carbonation will also deplete your iron levels.
The issue with most young pregnant women today is the fast takeout foods, processed foods, sodas and Starbucks. If you take those away and eat a healthier diet where half of your plate is filled with veggies and fruits one quarter with a carbohydrate and one quarter with a protein and eat more whole grains you will get what your body needs to process all the nutrients you need.

Chet - posted on 10/21/2014

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Are you currently eating clay / dirt? Or do you just have the desire to eat it?

In general, dairy inhibits iron absorption and vitamin C improves it. Try to consume iron rich foods with vitamin C, and without dairy. The iron is meat is more readily absorbed than plant sources, but you can still get a good amount of iron from nuts, beans, spinach, etc.

The - posted on 10/21/2014

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A supplement is not as easily absorbed and used by the body as well as nutrients from natural (non-processed foods).
You may also be missing some other nutrients that is making it harder for your body to maintain iron levels.
Also drinking a lot of sodas, coffee, and teas that have caffeine or carbonation can drain your body of nutrients.
Have your doctor do a complete blood work up and see what nutrients other than iron you may be deficent in.


In the mean time if you do the following you might see some changes by following the meal plan below.
OMIT ALL JUNK FOODS, PROCESSED FOODS, SODAS, CAFFIENE, CARBONATED DRINKS, SWEETS FROM YOUR DIET.
Believe me it is easier if you do not even have them in the house.
Use the junk foods like chips and candies as a once a week treat and make is so that you only buy 1 serving.
If you have other children or family members they would benefit from the same eatting plan as well.

The follow is a menu and eatting plan that was set to give me the optimum of nutrients without supplimentation.
I found it made me healtier in time and I was able to gain my strength back and my body also healed any minor issues I was having.
If you feel thirsty at any given time drink water.
If you feel that you are not hungry come the next eatting schedule eat only half of the ammount of each item on that schedule and see how you feel on the next one.
I omitted seafood as a meat option due to you being pregnant and with the mercury levels in seafood.

UPON WAKING UP
DRINK 1 GLASS OF WATER with a squeeze of fresh lemon in it (water & vitamin C is important for iron absorbtion)

BREAKFAST STYLE 1
EAT BREAKFAST WITHIN 30 MINUTES BUT NO LATER THAN 1 HOUR OF WAKING
wHOLE WHEAT TOAST WITH SLICE OF MOZZARELLA CHEESE
PIECE OF FRUIT
DRINK GLASS WATER OR JUICE

BREAKFAST STYLE 2
EAT BREAKFAST WITHIN 30 MINUTES BUT NO LATER THAN 1 HOUR OF WAKING
COTTAGE CHEESE
PIECE OF FRUIT
DRINK A GLASS OF WATER OR JUICE

BREAKFAST STYLE 3
EAT BREAKFAST WITHIN 30 MINUTES BUT NO LATER THAN 1 HOUR OF WAKING
BOWL OF STEEL CUT OR CUT OATMEAL (NOT ROLLED OR INSTANT)
PIECE OF FRUIT
DRINK GLASS OF WATER OR JUICE

ONE AND A HALF HOURS AFTER BREAKFAST DRINK 1 GLASS OF LOW FAT MILK

THREE HOURS AFTER BREAKFAST IS MORNING SNACK

MORNING SNACK STYLE 1
THREE HOURS AFTER BREAKFAST
1/2 CUP OF SEEDS (sunflower OR pumpkin (***no-salt)
1/2 CUP DRIED APRICOTS, PRUNES, OR DARK RAISINS
DRINK GLASS OF WATER

MORNING SNACK STYLE 2
CHOOSE 1 AND EAT THAT AS A HEALTHY DESSERT
1 CUP RED GRAPES
1/4 OF A HONEYDEW
1/4 OF A CANTALOUPE
1/4 OF A SMALL ROUND WATERMELON
DRINK GLASS OF WATER

ONE AND A HALF HOURS AFTER MORNING SNACK DRINK 1 GLASS OF LOW FAT MILK

THREE HOURS AFTER MORNING SNACK IS LUNCH

LUNCH STYLE 1
THREE HOURS AFTER MORNING SNACK
WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
ROAST BEEF LUNCH MEAT
SWISS CHEESE
LETTUCE
TOMATOES
ONIONS
DRINK GLASS OF LOW FAT MILK

LUNCH STYLE 2
(SALAD using items below)
1/2 Bag of mixed greens that include: 2 kinds of lettuce, spinach, red cabbage,
1/4 yellow bellpepper cut into bite size pieces
1 green spring onions cut into half finger length slices
1 carrot in thin slices
1/4 cup cauliflower flowerettes
1 mushroom sliced thin
1/4 cucumber sliced thin
1 mushroom sliced thin
1/4 CUP OF FRESH GREEN SWEET PEAS THAT WERE BLANCHED AND SERVED COLD
1 AVOCADO SLICED THIN
1 BOILED EGG
FETA CHEESE
IF YOU OMIT THE FETA CHEESE AND BOILED EGG REPLACE IT WITH 1/ CUP CASHEWS, SUNFLOWERSEEDS, .
DRINK LOW FAT MILK

LUNCH STYLE 3
THREE HOURS AFTER MORNING SNACK
WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
ROAST TURKEY LUNCH MEAT
SLICE MOZARELLA CHEESE
LETTUCE
TOMATOES
ONIONS
DRINK GLASS OF LOW FAT MILK

ONE AND A HALF HOURS AFTER LUNCH DRINK 1 GLASS OF LOW FAT MILK

THREE HOURS AFTER LUNCH IS EVENING SNACK

AFTERNOON SNACK STYLE 1
1/2 CUP OF NUTS (almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, OR pecans (****no-salt)
CHOICE OF AN APPLE, ORANGE, 1/2 CUP GRAPES, PEAR, PEACH, 1/2 CUP BERRIES
DRINK GLASS OF WATER

AFTERNOON SNACK STYLE 2
CHOOSE 1 AND EAT THAT AS A HEALTHY DESSERT
1 CUP RED GRAPES
1/4 OF A HONEYDEW
1/4 OF A CANTALOUPE
1/4 OF A SMALL ROUND WATERMELON
DRINK GLASS OF WATER

ONE AND A HALF HOURS AFTER AFTERNOON SNACK DRINK 1 GLASS OF WATER

THREE HOURS AFTER AFTERNOON SNACK IS DINNER

DINNER STYLE 1
1 LEAN PALM SIZE BEEF STEAK, CHICKEN BREAST PORK CHOP, OR LAMB (Grilled, broiled, or baked)
If you omit the meat then use 2 Portabella, 2 button, and 2 Shitaki Mushrooms sauted in oliveoil or butter in its place.
SWEET POTATOE Medium baked
(SALAD using items below)
1/2 Bag of mixed greens that include: 2 kinds of lettuce, spinach, red cabbage,
1/4 yellow bellpepper cut into bite size pieces
1 green spring onions cut into half finger length slices
1 carrot in thin slices
1/4 cup cauliflower flowerettes
1 mushroom sliced thin
1/4 cucumber sliced thin
1 mushroom sliced thin
DRINK LOW FAT MILK

DINNER STYLE 2
1 LEAN PALM SIZE BEEF STEAK, CHICKEN BREAST PORK CHOP, OR LAMB (Grilled, broiled, or baked)
If you omit the meat then use 2 Portabella, 2 button, and 2 Shitaki Mushrooms in its place
sAUTE IN UNSALTED BUTTER ALL MUST BE FRESH PRODUCE:
EITHER 1/2 SMALL BULB ONION CUT IN THIN SLICES OR 1 GREEN SPRING ONION CUT IN RINGLETS
2 GARLIC PIECES MINCED
1/4 RED BELLPEPPER IN THIN SLICES
1 CARROTS IN THIN CIRCLES
1 CELERY RIBS IN THIN U SHAPED SLICES
1/2 CUP SHREDDED CABBAGE
3 MUSHROOMS SLICED THIN
1 CUP WHOLE WHEAT PENTI PASTA
1/4 CUP SHREDDED MOZZARELLA OR PARMESAN
DRINK LOW FAT MILK

DINNER STYLE 3
1/4 cup of pinto beans
1/4 cup of red beans
soak in hot boiling water 2 hours ahead of time
1/4 Pound of LEAN ground BEEF, CHICKEN BREAST, PORK, OR LAMB
If you omit the meat then use 2 Portabella, 2 button, and 2 Shitaki Mushrooms in its place
Saute the meat in olive oil
with
Onions diced
bellpepper diced
garlic minced
when done set it aside.
drain and rinse beans
1 can of chicken, beef, or vegetarian stock and enough water t equal 2 cups
boil.
When beans are done add meat
add the following
add 1/8 tsp chili powder and 1/8 tsp cumin
simmer on low 10 mins and let rest
1/2 cup cooked Whole wheat penti pasta
put pasta in your bowl pour the chili mix on top
eat with a small salad with veggies of your choice.
DRINK LOW FAT MILK

DINNER STYLE 4
1 LEAN PALM SIZE BEEF STEAK, CHICKEN BREAST PORK CHOP, OR LAMB (Grilled, broiled, or baked)
If you omit the meat then use 2 Portabella, 2 button, and 2 Shitaki Mushrooms in its place.
SWEET POTATOE Medium baked
1 cup of cooked collard or turnip greens
DRINK LOW FAT MILK

ONE AND A HALF HOURS AFTER DINNER DRINK 1 GLASS OF WATER

TWO HOURS AFTER LUNCH IS DESSERT

DESSERT STYLE 1
TAKE ON OF THE BELOW AND PEEL, CUT AND PUT IN BLENDER
MIX WITH 1/2 TO 1 CUP OF LOW FAT YOGURT
CAN EAT AS IS OR CAN MAKE AHEAD AND FREEZE TO MAKE YOGURT FROZEN DESSERT
ORANGES
PEACHES
BANANAS
BERRIES
IF WAS IN FREEZER TAKE OUT IN ENOUGH TIME AHEAD TO MAKE IT A SOFT SERVE
TOP WITH GRANOLA
DRINK GLASS OF WATER



BEFORE BED DRINK A GLASS OF WATER

May God bless you with greater health and better eatting habits that you can pass on to your children for a healthy happy life.

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