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Dealing with anemia in pregnancy?

I know this is quite a common condition among pregnant women. I was recently diagnosed with anemia and my GP has requested I take additional iron supplements on top of my pregnancy multivitamin. I started this on Friday and immediately felt nauseous (even when taking it with food).

I have been constipated and sorry for the TMI but this is the part that concerns me the most, my stools have turned Black!

Already feeling pretty ugh at 32weeks pregnant, none of this is really helping. Any suggestions. please?

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Iron makes your stool turn black. That's normal and expected. It causes loose motion in some people and constipation in some others.

Often using a different brand of iron supplement helps to avoid nausea. Maybe you can ask your GP to prescribe the same supplement by another company.

Make sure you drink plenty of water (as much as you can without throwing up). Not sure if you have Asian/African shops where you live. There is a variety of small sour banana that can help with constipation if you take 2-3 at night. Something that worked like miracle for me is cassava/tapioca. But you need to know how to cook it safely, because in natural state it is not good for you.

But any fibrous food should help. Some varieties of banana are used to stop loose motion. So don't just pick any kind. To increase iron in your body, have spinach, beetroot, dates, pomegranate, etc. Most leaves help. Just make sure the leaves you choose are pregnancy-safe. Date syrups are also available in the markets.

I couldn't take iron for months because of vomiting and then when I could hold it down, I had constipation so bad I was ready to go see my gynecologist. But it's mainly cassava that helped me. I was lucky enough to have my mom cook it for me. You gotta drain the water you cook it in several times, and then add shredded coconut and cooking oil to combact the negative things in it. I think fish also helps to compensate for the negative elements.

Good luck! I hope you aren't still struggling. All that you experience is very normal and common.
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Dealing with anemia during pregnancy is crucial to ensure the health and well-being of both the mother and the developing baby. Anemia is a condition where the body lacks enough healthy red blood cells to carry sufficient oxygen to the tissues. During pregnancy, the body's blood volume increases, and the demands for iron also rise, which can sometimes lead to anemia.

Here are some steps to manage anemia during pregnancy:

Regular Prenatal Checkups: Attend all scheduled prenatal checkups with your healthcare provider. They will monitor your hemoglobin levels and provide guidance based on your specific situation.

Iron-Rich Diet: Consume a balanced diet rich in iron. Good sources of iron include red meat, poultry, fish, legumes, dark green leafy vegetables, fortified cereals, and dried fruits. Pairing iron-rich foods with vitamin C-rich foods (like citrus fruits) can enhance iron absorption.

Iron Supplements: If your doctor identifies anemia or a risk of anemia during pregnancy, they may recommend iron supplements. Take these supplements as prescribed to boost your iron levels.

Folate and Vitamin B12: Ensure you are getting enough folic acid and vitamin B12, as these nutrients are essential for the production of healthy red blood cells. Prenatal vitamins usually contain these nutrients.

Avoid Iron Blockers: Certain foods and substances can hinder iron absorption. Limit or avoid consuming calcium supplements, tea, coffee, and high-fiber foods close to meals when you're trying to absorb iron from your diet.

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, as proper hydration can help maintain blood volume and circulation.

Rest and Reduce Stress: Fatigue and stress can exacerbate anemia symptoms. Get enough rest and engage in relaxation techniques to manage stress.

Monitor Symptoms: Be aware of anemia symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, pale skin, and shortness of breath. If you experience these symptoms, inform your healthcare provider promptly.

Blood Transfusion (in severe cases): In severe anemia cases, when iron supplements and dietary changes are insufficient, a blood transfusion may be necessary to quickly boost hemoglobin levels.

Follow Medical Advice: Always follow the advice and recommendations of your healthcare provider. They will closely monitor your condition and adjust the treatment plan as needed.

Remember that anemia during pregnancy is a common condition, but it should be properly managed to prevent complications. Early detection and appropriate treatment can help ensure a healthy pregnancy and delivery. If you suspect you have anemia or experience any concerning symptoms, consult your healthcare provider immediately.
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