cramping/low iron levels

Danielle - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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i have had cramping for three weeks and have been brushed off by the midwifes as nothing. I also have low iron levels and on tablets and red meat deit for this. Can anyone think of a way to releive one or both conditions

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Danielle - posted on 12/23/2009

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I am now 28 weeks and this has been doing on since about 20weeks.I am doing all the above things and it doesn't seem to help. The cramping has been put down to excess gas in my bowels and have been given something for it, it helps a little but is still there slightly. Looks like a iron transfusion for the low iron levels but would love to avoid it if i could..

Teresa - posted on 12/23/2009

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I'm only 20 weeks and have also been having cramping. I asked my Ob about it yesterday, and he said it could be contractions, but it's more likely just the ligaments and everything stretching as the baby grows. I think it depends on how often it's happening and how intense it is as to how concerned you should be about it...

Anna - posted on 12/21/2009

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If you are near the end of pregnancy, I think the cramping is normal - can be just your body getting ready. But you know yourself best, so if it doesn't seem right to you then get another opinion from a doctor or a different midwife.

As for the iron, the tablets and meat should fix the problem. Take your pills with orange juice or anything else with high vitamin C. Likewise, it's good to eat your meat with tomatoes or peppers because the vitamin C helps it absorb. Don't eat food with calcium, eg dairy at the same time as your meat or pills because this blocks you from absorbing it.

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