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#1 my4beautifulboys

Posted 08 April 2012 - 01:40 PM

Hi, I have recently had to have a blood transfusion as I had a m/c and lost alot of blood. When I left hospital my haemolglobin level was 97, which is considered quite low. The doctor said that it should be over 100. She has advised me to keep taking my iron tablets daily to build up my levels. I still feel quite weak and drained, is there anything like a vitamin/supplement you could recommend to help me get back to normal?

#2 Wigglemama

Posted 08 April 2012 - 01:51 PM

Take your iron with Vitamin C to help absorb the iron better.

#3 my4beautifulboys

Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:01 PM

Thanks Wigglemama that sounds good, I will have to get some Vitamin C tablets as well.

#4 Crap Napper

Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:05 PM

Also make sure you are not taking your iron with calcium rich foods, because they will reduce absorption. Leave at leat a 2 hour gap.

ETA sorry about your loss

Edited by willanddaisysmum, 08 April 2012 - 02:06 PM.

#5 TheAP

Posted 08 April 2012 - 02:08 PM

There's no proven link between Vitamin C and Iron absorption so take them together or don't. My OB & GP said it makes no difference.

You can however make a big difference with vitamin B12. It's available in tablet form from health food stores and supermarkets/chemists.

I lost 1 litre of blood after DS's birth OP so I know how crap you feel. Try and get as much rest as you can including early nights and eat red meat. You absorb something like 3-5% of the iron supplement your taking which is barely anything. original.gif

#6 my4beautifulboys

Posted 08 April 2012 - 03:23 PM

Thanks for youre replies, I feel a little confused now, some of you say Vitamin C and Smyla80 says Vitamin B12? Thanks for the suggestion regarding Chinese medicine, but Im not sure that I would have one of those where I live(in the country).

I do actually eat quite abit of red meat, but it seems my absorbtion is the trouble. As when I was only 4 or 5 weeks pregnant they we re quite low then and in previous pregnancies they we re also low, so my GP advised I take Iron supplements.

I imagine after blood loss like that, it will take some time to build myself up again, I will have to concentrate on not overdoing it for a while, although its abit hard with 3 little ones to run after.

Edited by my3beautifulboys, 08 April 2012 - 03:26 PM.

#7 Wigglemama

Posted 08 April 2012 - 04:55 PM

OP all the literature I have read states that there is a proven link between Vitamin C and the absorption of iron due to Vitamin C being able to break down iron into the most soluble and absorbable form, so that it is absorbed into the intestinal tract easier. The hospital I work at still medicates women with Vitamin C and iron together, so if the literature is false, then not everyone has cottoned onto it.

You can also try other iron rich food like spinach and even Milo! Yum!

#8 Fright bat

Posted 08 April 2012 - 05:07 PM

Hi OP. sorry about your loss.

A haemoglobin of 97 is not particularly low and should not be making you feel particularly tired or run down. Honestly, a miscarriage is enough to knock you about for a while!

Take the iron if you want, take vitamin c if you want... But I actually think you should be kind and gentle with yourself as give yourself time to mourn your loss and heal. I think that will do much more for you than any supplements or eating red meat.

Incidentally, vit c does help absorption of iron

#9 muminbusiness

Posted 08 April 2012 - 05:11 PM

My dh had a low hemoglobin of 65. He had to have transfusions

#10 Ella mum

Posted 08 April 2012 - 05:16 PM

Sorry for your loss OP.

Try the liquid iron along with increasing  iron intake through diet.

I had iron injections when my levels were really low. A few days later I felt like a million bucks!

Good luck!

#11 my4beautifulboys

Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:13 PM

Hi, thankyou for youre replies and thoughts. As each day goes by I am started to feel abit stronger and starting to come to terms with the trauma of what has happened. I am taking my Iron tablets each day and have now started taking the Vitamin C tablets as well (blackmores). I will also try and increase my iron intake in my diet, eat abit more spinach, greens and of course red meat!

I will be making an appt to see my GP next week, and i should imagine that she will want me to have a blood test, to check on my iron/haemoglobin levels.

#12 KristyMum-

Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:21 PM

I am sorry to hear of your loss.
That on it's own is enough to knock you for a while xo

Re: haemoglobin, mine is terrible and never behaves and I've not found a supplement that 'fixes' things yet.  Like you, my issue seems to be absorption and I'm looking into a few things as possibilities for example I take oroxin for hyperthyroidism and if those levels are out of whack it impacts (among other things) on metabolism.  I'm also looking at certain things I eat in terms of the way my body deals with them and consequently absorption in general.

So I guess I'm suggesting if things aren't improving soon enough then head back to your carer, tell them so and find out what more you can look into until it's sorted.

best of luck.

Edited by KristyMum-, 09 April 2012 - 10:22 PM.

#13 lynneyours

Posted 09 April 2012 - 10:32 PM

OP - sorry for your loss.  My iron levels were recently tested at 4.  I too am exhausted and have been really ill for the last week, and have been getting every disease going round - it is doing my head in.  

my GP told me to take iron tablets with vitamin c but to avoid caffeine whilst taking them, as VitC helps absorption, whilst caffeine stops it.


#14 my4beautifulboys

Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:07 PM

Thanks for youre replies and suggestions. As each day goes by i do feel slightly better, Ithink it will take a little time to get back to normal.

My iron levels have always fairly low as I think i must have poor absorbtion which doesnt help, and also that Im busy all day running after three little ones doesnt help either! I do make an effort to drink more water now, as the Iron tablets tend to upset my tummy abit.

lynnemine Thanks for youre advice. I hope that youre soon feeling better, and you manage to get youre iron levels sorted out.

#15 Leee

Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:14 PM

I had a 3 litre post partum haemorrhage recently and 3 blood transfusions, my hb was 60.  it took me quite a while to feel better again. You might want to compare other iron tablets, i think I was told to swap to ferrograde c, which is a higher content iron plus it has vit c in as well.

#16 Pop-to-the-shops

Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:34 PM

I am taking spatone.

It seems to be absorbed well, as it is basically a natural mineral water.

I was dubious at first, but my levels have gone up, and I feel better.

#17 irises

Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:55 PM

QUOTE (flickery @ 31/03/2012, 12:06 PM)
Yep, I'm another who had worryingly low iron both pregnancies and had breathlessness, heart palpitations and fatigue to show for it. My iron stores were down to 7 this pregnancy (and haemoglobin 10).

I just had my levels retested last week (38 weeks preg now) and thankfully I've managed to double my stores over the past couple of months. I did this by having one x 300mg ferrous gluconate tablet every morning and one every night, always with orange juice. (And choosing meat dishes wherever I could). It's important not to take any more than one tablet at a time as your body simply can't absorb any more than that at once.

Check how much iron your tablets contain too - I've noticed some on the market contain as little as 5-15mg, but still cost as much. Useless!

QUOTE (flickery @ 31/03/2012, 09:21 PM)
Hmmmm, not sure what you can do about the constipation - I don't suffer from it. The only side effects I get are nausea if I have an iron tablet on an empty stomach.

Found this useful link which tells you which foods limit iron absorption http://www.livestrong.com/article/280321-w...rom-iron-pills/  I was surprised to see a cup of black tea can limit your absorption by 80-95% if you have it too close to having the tablet!
Anyway, the iron tablets I get are made up in-house at a compound chemist - you can't just get them at any chemist - and they claim (as they would, I guess) that they have fewer side-effects. Seems to be true for me, though? Each tablet contains 200mg of ascorbic acid (along with the 300mg of ferrous gluconate) so that extra Vit C probably also helps with the absorption.

Hi there OP, there was another thread recently about having low iron... See quotes above. Hope this helps.

#18 my4beautifulboys

Posted 20 April 2012 - 01:18 PM


Hi, I have just recently had a blood test for my haemoglobin/iron levels, now nearly three weeks after my miscarrige, blood transfusion and d&c.

The results were haemoglobin 109 and iron 14, the nurse advised that they like haemoglobin levels to be above 115,not sure about iron. So they are gradually coming up as it was down to 97. I am taking Ferro Grad Iron tablets with Vitamin C.

I think I will have to try and eat abit more red meat, perhaps include liver in my diet two days a week?

Edited by my3beautifulboys, 20 April 2012 - 01:18 PM.

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