any suggestions for raising haemoglobin during pregnancy? besides taking iron tablets that is...

Katrina - posted on 08/31/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )




its my 2nd pregnancy and i am in the last trimester - all going nice and smoothly but just found out my haemoglobin is slightly low and the doc wants me to take iron tablets.

i am not such a big fan myself and i don't eat red meat either. have any of you experienced this and how did you overcome it? can it be done the vegetarian road or must you eat red meat?

many thanks in advance for your help,



Jsk - posted on 09/16/2013




Your Doc can advise for HEMFER injection during 36th week. if you HB level is low. if you take minimum 5 inj your HB level will increase upto 2 level.

Kylie - posted on 08/31/2009




I had very low iron and hemoglobin levels in the last trimester of my 2nd pregnancy. Number 1 tip is cut out caffeine as this inhibits iron absorption. I went on the iron tablets because my doctor told me eating the leafy green veggies and meat would take too long to increase the levels. i ended up having iron injections..they stain..i still have the bruise needle marks in my backside and my baby is almost 10 months now. If your hemoglobin levels are really low sometimes your uterus cannot heal fast enough and you bleed a lot after childbirth and this leads to more iron loss. I'd recommend taking the iron tablets with orange juice to quickly boost your levels and prepare your body for the birth.

Trudi - posted on 08/31/2009




lots of green vegies with vit c at the same time. u can also get liquid form of iron mixture without the side effects of the tabs.


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Abbie - posted on 09/03/2009




Cook all your food in a CAST IRON pan. The food will pick up some of the iron.

Amy - posted on 09/03/2009




I had fantastic success with the Iron Tonic from Susun Weed's book, Herbal for the Childbearing year. It's made with yellow dock root and highly concentrated, so all I needed was a tablespoon a day. After a month or two, my midwife said I could stop because my levels were great. It's very easy to make, too!

Keisha - posted on 08/31/2009




Hemoglobin is a measurment that has to do with the ability of your blood cells to transport H20 in your body. If you drink plenty of water, for example the 8 glasses that are recommended a day, your hemoglobin will be much closer to normal. Also there are foods such as green leafy veggies and meats like liver that contain iron as well. I had and still have a problem with drinking pure water which is why I actually crave ice chips. I later found out from my doctor and mother that it is an indication of iron deficiency in the body.

Anna - posted on 08/31/2009




I hate the pills too but I had the same problem in pregnancy. It increases your chance of blood clots if you are anaemic which makes it dangerous if you have to have an emergency surgical birth. Egg yolks are high in iron and easier to absorb than plant sources. Cocoa is also high so there's a good excuse for eating chocolate. Dried apricots, iron-fortified cereals are good. There are also different sorts of iron supplements that don't have such bad side effects - you can get some that give you just a low dose and only take them once every few days. You can get it in liquid form if you can't swallow pills - you add it to juice but it has a metallic taste.

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one thing I eat to get my iron is spinach, its taste is too strong raw for me so I slightly boil it a bit and add butter to it. As long as you dont over boil it you can eat as much as you like. (as soon as it gets hot enough and lightly wet, if you boil it too long you bring out a ton of nitrates which isnt good)

That way i dont have to eat liver and I dont have to force down a pill i can barely swallow.

Kelly - posted on 08/31/2009




Spinach, Raisins and other no meat products have iron in them. I was just told this by my Doc today. If you are taking the pills try taking them with some good orange juice or the V8 Fusion Blueberry Pomegranate you can't really taste anything but the juices. Good luck :)

Kaley - posted on 08/31/2009




When iwas pregnant with my first i was anemic so my midwife suggested i drank a can of stout every few days its full of iron or you could try iron rich foods such as cabage but do not eat liver

Kelly - posted on 08/31/2009




When I was pregnant my iron was low....they gave me a list of foods that are high in iron and told me that I could eat those and drink orange juice.....but mine was soo low that I also had to start taking the pills....but there were things on that list that were not red meat....some veggies are....i would just google it and see what you can is one that i found.... luck

Stephanie - posted on 08/31/2009




I dont know if they would be your taste but I bought a small can of whole baby clams and noticed it has 200% of the daily recommended intake of iron.

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