When I was in the hospital in May I didn't take my iron supplement (floradix liquid) and my numbers went from:
5/13 (day I was admitted)
Hemoglobin (11.8-16.0) 13.6
Hematocrit (35-48%) 38.2%
RBC (3.7-5.3) 4.21
No test results...not sure why
When I got home I started the Floradix iron again, but I ran out and started taking my PNV (30mg iron) and a children's vitamin (18mg iron) every day. I do tend to get mildly anemic during pg when taking Nexium (can decrease the body's ability to absorb non-heme iron through diet and supps). Anyway, I got my CBC done Monday (different lab so the range is different) and my levels were:
Hemoglobin (12.0-16.0) 12.1
Hematocrit (36.0-48.0%) 35.5
RBC (3.90-5.00) 3.81
Oh...ha, and I have my numbers from my first OB appt also when I was 10wks pg (same lab as above so same ranges):
So my hemoglobin is on the low end of normal and my hematocrit and RBC are low despite taking 48mg/d of iron via supps. According to MFP I only averaged 54% of RDA for iron through diet last week (which is about 9.5mg...it doesn't calculate for pg...I'm only getting about 35% of RDA of iron for pg) so I'll add in more naturally high-iron foods also. I don't eat gluten or processed food on a regular basis so my grains aren't "iron fortified"...not sure how that's any different than taking a supplement anyway. This info was sent to my pulmonologist and not my OB so I'm wondering if I should give my OB a call to see if this is fine or if I should take a different supplement (maybe go back to the floradix...it's just so expensive, lol, and isn't all the great in the flavor dept either ).
Anyone else on the lowish end for hemoglobin/hematocrit/RBC? What supplements do you take? Do you feel like you get a lot of dietary iron...what high iron foods do you eat?