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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 10:37 AM   1
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Normal Pregnancy Iron Levels?


Hey there, ladies. Just got back from my appointment with my midwife and my iron levels have dropped a bit more from the last time they were checked, which is becoming usual for me. What are your iron levels at and have they increased or decreased throughout pregnancy?

Mine so far are:
14.8 @ 7+3
13.8 @ 14+6
12.8 @ 28
11.7 @ 33+4

Should I be concerned at all at the rate my levels are dropping or is this totally normal? Also, what are the recommended iron levels to stay at?



 
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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 11:25 AM   2
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from what I know, if it's below 10,5 then you have to take iron vitamins
so I don't think you should worry
Of course it's dropping
during third tri, the baby takes a lot iron and calcium from the mother



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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 11:43 AM   3
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It's very very normal for hemoglobin levels to drop in pregnancy primarily due to hemodilution... The plasma volume (clear fluidy) part of your blood increases dramatically and your red blood cells which carry the hemoglobin tend not to increase at the same rate. Pre-pregnancy your levels should be above 12. During pregnancy they should be above 11.0, so yours are still fine.



 
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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 11:46 AM   4
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mine was 11.4 at 28 weeks which they said was good, had more done last week and havent heard back so they must be ok.



 
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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 11:57 AM   5
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Thanks for your replies, ladies. Midwife seemed a little concerned that my levels were still dropping and said to keep an eye on it. I get the feeling she's going to test again in 2 weeks.



 
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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 12:44 PM   6
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Yeah, she probably should keep testing to be on the safe side. My last one was 10.6 and apparently they treat at 10.5 but when I went back to see my mw she put me on iron tablets anyway because I've just been feeling so rubbish lately. xx



 
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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 15:08 PM   7
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My levels dropped to 10.8 at 32 weeks so I've been put on iron tablets also my platelet count has dropped so I have to be tested every week from now on x



 
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Mine were 14 at 8 weeks and were 12.5 at 29 weeks and MW was very happy. xx



 
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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 16:52 PM   9
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if your level is over 11 then everything is ok.. if under.. then you need tablets.. mine was 9.9 at 28 weeks.. not sure what it is now.. i had bloods done a few weeks ago... the tablets only usually move your iron levels up by 1 point each month.. :S very slow.. xx



 
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Old Mar 8th, 2011, 17:09 PM   10
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Mine was 9.0 2 weeks ago. I am taking spa tone x2 daily and pregnacare tablet x 1 daily.

They did give me liquid iron to take as the tablets make me very constipated but the liquid makes me burp and it is like rotten eggs. Makes me want to vomit!!!!

Think I will have to start taking it again but I always forget to take it 3 x daily so that is why I am taking the other stuff!!

Don't feel too bad though. Felt much better since I started taking the spatone x



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