When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was diagnosed with iron deficiency anemia. My ex-husband had dealt with all his life, so I had a little bit of an upper hand when it came to dealing with this illness, but it wasn’t as easy as I expected it to be to manage my anemia.
My pregnancy was extremely hard, I was sick all the time, and even taking anti-nausea pills throughout my entire pregnancy didn’t help. My daughter was an extremely picky eater when I was carrying her, there were so many foods that I couldn’t consume. My diet pretty much consisted of fresh peaches and ice water. At the beginning of my second trimester, I started feeling more tired than I did during my first trimester, I was feeling dizzy, and having heart palpitations, so my doctor checked my iron and discovered that it was extremely low.
My doctor gave me one month to get my iron levels up on my own. I started trying to eat more chicken, beef, and spinach. I also, began drinking more orange juice because I know that it helps you to absorb iron. However, even with my anti nausea medicine, I was hardly ever hungry and when I did eat it usually didn’t stay down long.
At my next OB appointment, my doctor prescribed me iron supplements and told me that if my iron was not up at my next appointment, that they will order a blood transfusion. This completely freaked me out! So I got the supplements, took them regularly, and tried eating small portions of iron rich food to see if I could keep it down. It worked for a couple days, but then because of the supplements, I began vomiting again. Therefore at the next appointment we were sent to the hospital for a blood transfusion. My OB doctor tried a different form of iron supplements and after the blood transfusion, and by the grace of God my iron levels were easier to maintain until the end of my pregnancy.
Towards the end of my pregnancy, I developed gestational hypertension; therefore I was put on bed rest. As a result of the hypertension (high blood pressure), I began to lose my appetite and started getting sick again. I was induced when I was 37 weeks pregnant and had a C-Section with low iron levels. During my C-Section, I bleed very heavily and therefore, I was given a second blood transfusion after my surgery. My pregnancy was extremely rough, but that is the price that a lot of women pay to become mothers. I would do it all over again if I had to because at the end of day, my daughter is the love of my life and I would do absolutely anything for her.
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