I have been on iron pills since 6 months pregnant, it started with 1 extra iron pill a day and the anemia has not resolved itself and in fact gotten worse, I am now on 3 iron pills a day along with my daily prenatal… Needless to say having some stomach issues as well… My iron levels have dropped from 10 to 9.7 at this point… I am being induced on Tuesday and already know that Blood Transfusions are very likely to be needed, but I am very scared about losing too much blood too quickly… I think that I will be fine in the hospital because they can moniter the blood levels but am worried because my Dr. told me that I don`t have any room to bleed during birth (whatever that means, everyone bleeds during birth right?)… so my question to you all is if you are anemic and have given birth what was your experience with that?? Blood Transfusions? Did you pass out?? also would Doctors carterize (sp?) your vagina to stop blood loss??? that sounds painful… I also would like to know any information on the `after bleeding` process, those 4 – 6 weeks after giving birth that you bleed… Does my anemia mean that I will not be able to clot that blood coming out after birth? Thanks guys.
Anaemia doesn’t affect your clotting, it’s low iron levels, your clotting is affected by platelets (low platelets = poor clotting), you will only bleed a lot if you tear or have an episiotomy. The liklihood of you needing a blood transfusion is low if you deliver vaginally but if you need a c-section then you will probably need a top up. If your levels drop too low you will feel dizzy, light-headed and may faint. dr’s wont cauterise your vagina, as for post delivery discharge, it’s just like a normal period at the start and over the space of about 10 days will slow down to just the lochia. Make sure you get a diet rich in iron – red meat, brocolli, grean leafy veg. Good luck with your induction, hopefully everything will go great and you wont have any post delivery problems. XXX
Anemia doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to clot. I’m anemic, and have been since before pregnancy. I have actually had a blood transfusion, and it’s not that bad (I know that sounds weird, but it’s true!). How much iron are you taking? I took a 45 mg tab. pre-pregnancy, but a 150mg one since I’ve been pregnant.
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It all sounds so scary I KNOW but they do have to prepare you for what MAY come your way in your position. I get very anemic during my pregnancies. This is my third now and near the end I tend to have to take more and more iron to try and raise the levels. With my first one my level was 7.5… I had an epidural, 6hour labor, layers of stitches and was a bit weak after and bledd and was sore for about 6weeks+. My second same levels, they broke my water at 38.5weeks I gave birth in 53mins and no stitches… there was no need for blood transfusion, i didn’t pass out, no caterizing. Stay calm and positive for yourself and your little one and try not to think about the worst that could happen! Take Care and best of luck!
I bled with my first labour down to 7.0 I was dizzy and had a hard time standing up for very long at all. I took a product called Floradix it is a liquid form of iron and is absorbed better than most pills. I later found out I had a clotting disorder called Von Willebrands Disease if bleeding is a problem for you- you might want to get checked out for this. There are treatments to reduce bleeding and make you clot faster.
I got blood taken at the hospital and they discovered I was low on iron. My doctor said that these results were a mistake because I wasn’t low iron before I was at the hospital even though my last blood test was at 24 weeks. She therefore disregarded the test! They decided to redo the bloodwork but they never did. Right after I delivered I couldn’t hold my daughter for 2 hours because the instant I sat up I got dizzy and pale, I felt nauseous. SO they associated that with low blood sugar and fed me toast and apple juice. 3 days after delivering I was still so pale and while holding my daughter I nearly fell over because I got so dizzy. We immediately went to my doctors office and I saw a different doctor than my own and she said she thinks I have low iron and ordered a blood test. TURNS OUT I WAS SEVERELY ANEMIC! At least your doctors know that you are low iron and can monitor you closely. I can’t say for sure what they will do in your situation but you are in good hands.