When I had my first son in 2003, I experienced a few complications which resulted in postpartum anemia. This is a common result of childbirth that endangers new mothers every day. Read on to learn more.
I had gained 50 pounds carrying my first son and was unaware of the complications that this could lead to. During his delivery, a vacuum was used to remove him because of his large size. This caused hip dysplasia for him and a great loss of blood for me. In fact, the doctor remarked that it was “the bloodiest delivery” he had ever seen. Significant blood loss is the leading cause of Post-Partum Anemia.
At my follow-up visit, my iron was tested and I was diagnosed with Iron deficiency. That is when I learned about what Anemia was and why I had been experiencing subtle bodily changes. I was shocked to learn that something serious was happening to me without me ever noticing.
The nurse recommended that I take Iron supplements. So I took those faithfully until they were all gone. From what I was told, my iron was at 9%, which is very low compared to normal levels which are typically 12-15%. I needed to bring my levels up soon.
Like most new moms who suffer from Post-Partum Anemia, I thought that my tiredness was due to lack of sleep because we had a newborn in the house. In addition, it was November when I had my son. So I didn’t recognize a problem with feeling cold often. I’ve had frequent dizzy spells throughout childhood. So I didn’t see any red flags there either. I also experienced intermittent blurry vision. This worried me until I found out that it was temporary. The paleness of my skin, I thought was due to the season. All of these symptoms relieved themselves once my Iron levels were stabilized.
What I’ve learned
There are different forms of Anemia. If you’re a new mom or a mom-to-be, you should talk to your doctor if you’re displaying symptoms. Children also are at risk of developing Iron deficiency. All of my children have had it at some point and I didn’t notice. My children’s doctor informed me that milk and certain kid’s drinks can slow down Iron absorption. For this reason, we all take daily supplements.
If you’ve had any of these symptoms, you should have your doctor test your Iron levels, especially before surgery. Take Anemia seriously. Eat foods that boosts Hemoglobin and increases Iron absorption. Begin taking vitamins if you don’t already. Get enough rest and listen to your body.