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05-01-2005, 08:59 AM
anyone know anything aboutciron levels? whats normalwhats real good,etc?
my dr just told me mine was 37, but im not even sure what that means..37 points? she said it was good but as a curious vegan id like to know how good since meat eats say we dont get enough iron,blah,blah,blah. nice to prove them wrong ya know. ha,ha. i dcided to just post thid question on here and not the mothering.com board b/c im sure ppl there will tell me to eat a steak or something so please help!! thanks!!
07-02-2005, 06:22 PM
I don't know what the numbers mean but congrats on having good iron levels :) Mine were tested for the second time a couple of weeks ago during my 3 hour glucose (never again...) and all I know is they were fine. I suspect they tested because I'm vegan though, only one other woman in my birthing class was tested (we all use the same practice) and she has a history of low iron. Come to think of it I've heard of a lot omni women with low iron in pg than veg*an women, I only know one veggie that had low iron but I know tons of omnis that have had to take iron supplements. My mother was one of them, back in the days when drs suggested drinking a few pints of guinness every week if women couldn't swallow the giant iron pills they used to dispense. Thankfully she could swallow them...
07-05-2005, 03:20 PM
I think I posted on something like this before and said mine had to be 12.5 at least to give blood, but I think this is a different measurement because another place I was told I have a level of 41. They said that was very good...and I really don't intentionally eat iron rich foods. I just wish I knew what the different kinds of measurement were. Still intend to research that :)
07-19-2005, 10:35 PM
There are two different test for iron level. I don't know what is normal on the one that comes with larger numbers like the one you had. Even though that is the one I had done last month and my dr. told me I was mildly anemic. No wonder I was always tired. I saw my chart but didn't memorize the number they had on the iron. it just had a hand written note that it was low. My dr. told me it was low and to start taking multivitamin or iron supplements to get enough.
Um the other is a finger prick type check and anything above 11.0 is considered normal. Last check of that I was 10 which is low.
08-04-2005, 09:19 AM
just alittle update. i had my 28 week iron level test done a few weeks ago and again my iron level is off the charts :) yipee!! and this time i hardly had the chance to eat healthy at all b/c we had bee nin the process of moving for a month. that just boosts my confidence even more in my diet,you know?! :) sorry, im so happy over this!!
08-04-2005, 09:59 AM
That's great!! I've had trouble w/ anemia my whole life even before I went veggie. It wasn't until I gave up meat that my iron levels became normal.
By the way, it looks like we're due about the same time. I'm 27 weeks.:D
08-04-2005, 10:02 AM
wow thats great!! funny how doing what most ppl believe make you anemic is what helps you. :) proving the meat industry wrong everyday!! hey and congrats to you!! do you know what you are having?
08-04-2005, 01:28 PM
37 would most likely be your hematocrit. This is basically the percentage of your blood that is made up of Red Blood Cells's (RBC) as opposed to white blood cells or plasma. The normal range for a female is 37%-47%. The other test measures hemoglobin (part of the RBC that carries oxygen). The normal range for a female is 12.0-16.0, although some labs use 11.7 as the low "normal" value. Neither one of these is a direct measurement of iron; however they measure blood components that need iron to have normal values. If these values are low, low iron is one possible cause, and your doctor will probably tests that measure iron or iron-binding capacity. He/she should be able to explain these tests to you if necessary.
Sorry for the long definition, hope this helps!
08-05-2005, 10:12 AM
Nicole- No, I don't know yet. My ultrasound is the 15th. Not knowing is killing me! Not to mention the fact that people have been asking me about the gender of the baby since I was only 16 wks:) I am literally counting the days. Just 10 more!
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