Well, here I am at 11 weeks pregnant and find myself with low iron. You can find out if you have low iron by having a simple blood test. My test was only $25 with my midwife, but she doesn’t have a markup on blood work. I was feeling quite tired, and had low iron before I was pregnant, so I wasn’t surprised that I had low iron in pregnancy too. This is a very common issue and can easily be solved naturally, and even without the use of supplements that can cause your digestion to slow (which is not something I personally need more of, my digestions is sluggish enough as it is!).
The first option is to cook with a new cast iron pan. You can find out how much iron you will get by clicking here. Watery foods tend to collect more iron.
The second option is to use 1 tablespoon of organic unsulfured molasses. I got mine at my local health food store for around $7. It should last a month or two and also is a good source of calcium which is important during pregnancy. I mix in my molasses with a cup of flax milk and get extra calcium from that as well as omega 3’s.
The third option is to eat foods that are rich in iron. Click on the link to find the top 10 iron rich foods.
I hope this helps you to get your low iron in pregnancy under control! Please comment if you have any questions or can suggest other iron boosters for pregnancy.
*Remember to ask your doctor or midwife if these options are right for you and your situation. I don’t profess to be a doctor, but I am just passing along what was told to me by my midwife.
This is a great post and so necessary to know! I was low in iron during my pregnancy. Thanks for posting!
what did you use for your low iron during your pregnancy?