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Iron tablets and nausea

Has anybody else ever had a reaction to Iron pills that they were prescribed for anaemia? I'm talking sickness/nausea here.

At 33 weeks I had bloods done and 2 weeks later got a letter from hospital telling me I was slightly anaemic (10.4) and would benefit from a basic supplement. This I got and had been taking. A Month ago I had my bloods re checked but hadn't heard from the hospital so assumed my blood count was back to normal. Yesterday I had my 40w check up and was told I was still anaemic at 10.2. This annoyed me as I wasn't told.

So now I have been prescribed Pregaday (Ferr Fumarate 322mg plus folic acid) to take for a month but after I got home and took one, I felt slightly nauseous and had a weird taste in my mouth but thought nothing of it. Took another today and felt sick all day to the point that I had to throw up not long ago. Seems more than a coincidence as I have not been sick like this since I had severe sickness in my first 5 months. Brings back horrible memories.

I had hoped I wouldn't be anaemic anymore by now as I didn't want to give birth and loose blood like you do seeing as my due date is this saturday 7th!

Just wondered if anyone had experienced this sort of thing and what did you do.

Also did being anaemic cause any complications during the birth with blood loss?


Currently 39w + 4

X posted in pregnant


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Jun. 4th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Low iron and anaemia aren't really the same thing, especially in pregnancy. They probably didn't tell you because it's not really low enough to be of concern. You can remedy low iron with your diet, really, by eating more beef and/or dark leafy greens.

Iron is notoriously hard on the stomach, especially if you are taking a swallowable rather than a chewable.

If you don't feel you can up your iron in your diet, then you might wan to switch to a chewable or consider taking alfalfa supplements instead.
Jun. 4th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
Well problem is, it's a bit late in the day to get it from my diet.
I can't eat red meat as I can't digest it and only eat white meat/fish and if I eat any more green leaves I may pop! I live on rocket/spinach and so far they have done jack. Iron from veggie sources are not absorbed like meat products, even though I get plenty of Vit C.

Most supplements for pregnancy you buy in the chemist are only a standard dose (around 14mg) and m/w says that is not enough. I was taking them anyway and my anaemia got worse and not better so I need a larger dose.
Jun. 4th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
No, it's not too late. It's not like your iron is 2, you know? It varies through the day, just like blood sugar, and is totally based on what you've eaten that day.

If you're not looking for alternatives or willing to try other methods, then simply the answer to your question is yes iron pills often make people nauseous.
Jun. 5th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
Take alfalfa tablets and liquid chlorophyl and after the birth eat a piece of placenta, it helps immensly with bleeding :)
Jun. 5th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
I had the exact same problem so I split my iron pills in half and that seemed to help. I may not be getting as much iron as the doctor wants but at least it's SOME and I can still function throughout the day. I wasn't that low to begin with anyway.
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