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Pregnancy and iron deficiency

Commented on June 09, 2014
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Hello all--I'm 7.5 months pregnant and found out last week my iron levels are extremely low. Was told to eat more oatmeal, black strap molasses, and bran cereal :) I am trying to maintain a mostly primal diet throughout pregnancy as that is when I feel best physically and emotionally. Any suggestions?

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Love that part!

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Well she/he doesn't appear to be very vocal or particularly spammy. I'd just as soon leave her/him alone. I think we should add to Stephen's list a moderator message board to discuss stuff like this...

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What makes you say that? Is it because of the pic and the way it looks right into your eyes. You know the thing about a bot, it's got... lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eye. When a bot comes at ya, doesn't seem to be livin'. Until it bites ya and those black eyes roll over white. And then, ah then you hear that terrible high pitch screamin' and the post turns red and spite of all the poundin' and the hollerin' they all come in and rip you to pieces...

Sorry, it's late. I may have gotten real life confused with movies again..I don't think so though.

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Paleo folks really should stop shitting on modern medicine. They work in tandem, not in opposition.

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Very "personal" bot if it is one. Going through "her" answers, only half link back to the same spam site. Odd. Probably some underpaid grunt in some far off country being paid to post intelligible spam? Tempted to suspend the user and see what happens. (Made this viewable only to Moderators, would be nice if it was labeled as such…)

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I swear this is a livestrong bot.

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What kind of list is that? I'll give you greens, but the others are not viable sources of iron for a pregnant woman. Tuna? No. Just no. Prunes and Apricots? C'mon. No mention of beef, which would be the superior source of Fe? If you're going to copy-paste something, at least plagurize a paleo site.

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on June 09, 2014
at 06:13 PM

Not sure why no one mentioned spleen. It is THE organ meat for iron. And as usual there is a shellfish (clams) that is also extremely high. Those are for those needing macro-doses. I concur with Matt that the simplest way is some ruminant meat every day, but also make sure you take some acidic foods with your meals and in particular with your greens. In the 1990s I read a paper showing triple iron absorption going from spinach to spinach dressed with vinegar. It is a way of eating that has been used for millennia. If you do not like vinegar, lemon juice or a kiwifruit (or even any acidic fruit, like an apple or a pineapple) at the end of the meal will help. Non-pregnant people, though, would be better off long term getting a productive bacterial flora in the gut.

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at 12:57 PM

Bah what do docs know anyway? ;) You're almost through it... try spinach with fatty meat if you're pure paleo, or if you eat some types of dairy, creamy dressing or just straight cream with the dressing will work to help you absorb the iron. Some people have a very hard time absorbing iron because where you absorb it is such a limited area of the gut. So recheck the levels VERY VERY soon and if your new plan isn't working, they can give it to you via IV or some other way that doesn't require you to eat it. Don't let them blame you for this problem, it's their job to be sure their advice is valid for your condition.

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Paleo folks really should stop shitting on modern medicine. They work in tandem, not in opposition.

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on June 09, 2014
at 06:15 AM

Chelated iron bisglycinate and follow-up ferritin tests?

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at 05:22 AM

The requirement of Iron goes significantly high during pregnancy. During pregnancy the amount of blood increases needs 50 percent more than usual. For this you require more iron for generating more hemoglobin, which is prime requirement of additional blood.

You had also mentioned that you were suggested oatmeal, bran cereals and some other foods for sources of iron.

Some of the other good sources of iron include:

1. Spinach

2. Tuna

3. Prunes

4. Apricot

5. Fish

6. Eggs

7. Chicken and other meat

8. Kale and other green

The deficiencies during pregnancy may also be indicated by food cravings.

For example

1. Craving for spice indicates body requires something to maintain body temperature. Due to zinc deficiency it could be giving the signs of food cravings.

2. Craving for meat gives the signal that body needs protein.

3. Sour and salty foods indicated lack of vitamin c and sodium in the body during pregnancy.

[EDIT by Matt11: Spam link removed]

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What kind of list is that? I'll give you greens, but the others are not viable sources of iron for a pregnant woman. Tuna? No. Just no. Prunes and Apricots? C'mon. No mention of beef, which would be the superior source of Fe? If you're going to copy-paste something, at least plagurize a paleo site.

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