Today, I’m excited to welcome back Anne of Quick and Easy, Cheap and Healthy. She’s posting on how to maintain proper iron levels during pregnancy (or anytime, really!). I really appreciate this post as I’ve been anemic during the latter parts of two pregnancies and had low iron levels in the 3rd pregnancy.
Guest Post by Anne of Quick and Easy, Cheap and Healthy
Symptoms of Anemia
- shortness of breath,
- racing heart,
- dizziness, and
- difficulty concentrating.
I experienced all those symptoms in full force throughout most of the second and third trimesters of my last pregnancy, and let me tell you: It was no fun! I was beginning to be afraid that I would not have the physical stamina necessary to make it through the childbirth process, and I was also more than a little frightened about the effect of the loss of blood during delivery.
Thankfully, I managed to get the anemia under control in the last few weeks of my pregnancy, and was even able to cancel my follow-up visit to the hematologist!
How to Increase Iron Levels
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Eat Iron-Rich Foods
For vegetarian sources of iron, try legumes and dark leafy greens.Some dried fruits (like prunes and raisins) also contain higher levels of iron, as do artichokes! Molasses, particularly black-strap molasses, is also an excellent source of iron, so consider using it as your preferred sweetener of choice during pregnancy.
Eat the Right Foods With Your Iron-Rich Foods
Bake, Cook, and Fry with Cast Iron
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Don’t Forget about Vitamin B12
How do you maintain proper iron levels during pregnancy?
*For information on how to achieve a natural birth in a hospital setting, I recommend the eBook, Unbound Birth.*
Anne is the wife to a wonderful, caring husband and mommy to two wildly-tender little boys. She loves all things Jesus, music, natural, nutritional and chocolate. And coffee. She loves coffee. She was born smack dab in the middle of 10 children and loves being able to stand out amongst the big crowd with her corner of the blogosphere, Quick and Easy, Cheap and Healthy, where she blogs about how to make healthy food without losing money, time, energy… or your sanity. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
**Neither Anne nor myself are pregnancy or birthing experts. We simply write from personal experience and personal research. Please consult your trusted health professional before making any decisions regarding pregnancy or birthing.
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Check out the other posts in this series:
- 5 Simple Tips for Combating Morning Sickness
- Reflections on my First Pregnancy
- 10 Reasons We Opted to Give Birth at a Birth Center
- Easing Leg Pain During Pregnancy
- Pregnancy Posts Around the Web
- A Tale of Two Births: Medicated vs. Natural Hospital Births, part 2
- A Tale of Two Births: Medicated vs. Natural Hospital Births, part 1
- How to Achieve a Natural Birth in a Hospital Setting
- Real Food Pregnancy Cheats/Shortcuts
- OB or Midwife: Finding the Birth Provider Who Works for You
- A Comparison of Birth Settings: Home, Hospital and Birth Center
- Resources for a Natural Pregnancy
- 10 Things Never to Say to Pregnant Women
- What Every Pregnant Woman Wants to Hear
- Hyperemesis Gravidarum: Much More than Severe Morning Sickness
- Pregnancy Posts Around the Web, Take 2
- Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
- Breastfeeding While Pregnant
- Preparing for a Water Birth
- The Importance of Using a Doula
- Why We Chose NOT to Induce Labor
- 7 Ways to Naturally Induce Labor
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