When I was pregnant with Judah, I had a pretty typical first couple months of pregnancy – morning sickness, a little bit of throwing up, ridiculously overtired and always eating in order to keep the nausea away. I tried all the proven methods – crackers at my bedside table, lemon drops, ginger, specially formulated teas, etc etc etc.
When I hit my third trimester, I had a whole new and unfamiliar set of symptoms that had my midwife worried. I was having heart palpitations, getting dizzy at random times, could barely stand up and function because I felt like I was going to faint, there were even a couple times that I saw stars and thought for sure I was blacking out. My blood pressure shot up significantly and my midwife sent me straight to the hospital. Nobody could figure out what was wrong.
They sent me to a cardiologist where I had to wear a heart monitor for a week, and take this icky heart medication, digoxin, that I wasn’t very comfortable taking. I was in and out of the hospital for days at a time because they were concerned about my high blood pressure and they wanted to constantly monitor Judah. For a while, they thought they were going to take Judah early. I wasn’t allowed to drive for fear I would pass out at the wheel. It was a nightmare.
$7000 in hospital bills later and still no answer to the mystery symptoms. (Our insurance company refused over and over again to cover these bills, even though we have 100% prenatal coverage because they said it was a cardiology issue and not a pregnancy issue). We had a healthy baby boy and every last symptom basically vanished over night after delivery.
With that said, you can probably imagine how nervous I was to get pregnant again. However, the desire to have another baby trumped all the problems I went through. I just figured I would go back on the icky medicine and hopefully avoid going back and forth to the hospital now that we knew it was never a threat to the baby or me. I expected it to start in my third trimester just like last time.
But…alas, I was wrong. At exactly 6 weeks pregnant, the morning sickness reared it’s ugly head. But 10 times worse than it ever was with Judah. My tiredness was unimaginable – I could barely get off the couch to make Judah a snack, and spent most of the day fighting to keep my eyes open. All of this I could deal with, knowing it wouldn’t last the entire 10 months. It was the unwelcome dizziness and heart palpitations that had me in tears. Ugh.
This wasn’t supposed to happen until June.
I knew I couldn’t do this on my own for the entire pregnancy. And the thoughts started flowing through my head; well, this will be our last pregnancy. No more babies for me. Or, my mom will have to just come stay with us until the baby gets here (I don’t have any of my side of the family in Michigan and don’t have much help close by. ) I was miserable.
I started researching online.
Almost immediately, I came across a set of symptoms that matched mine perfectly. It was pregnancy-induced anemia. huh? Anemia is easy to take care of. I thought I’d give it a shot.
So after reading lots and lots and finding out what I needed to do, I ran to the vitamin store so conveniently located across the street from our house and bought myself a bottle of Iron (28mg).
The research I had conducted said that pregnant women need three times more iron than they do when they are not pregnant. And not including the iron they get from everyday foods and their prenatal vitamins, they should get an extra 27mg. Well, I don’t eat any food with iron in it. I don’t eat any red meat or seafood, and I’m not particularly fond of spinach or soybeans. I’ve never taken an iron supplement in my life.
It has now been a week and a half since I started taking iron along with 1000mg of Vitamin C (because iron tends to make you constipated. ew)
I’ve never felt so good in my entire life.
Not only has it completely removed any dizziness and heart palpitations, but I also have zero morning sickness or nausea and I have more energy than I had when I wasn’t pregnant.
Whether the iron has something to do with the morning sickness, I don’t know. But, I know for a fact that it has completely reversed the tiredness and the heart issues.
Just call me Mrs. Duggar because pregnancy is no longer a scary adventure for me!
Ok, 21 kids probably won’t happen. don’t get your hopes up.
“How did they never catch this before??” you might ask. Well, I’ve been asking the same question. It actually makes me very angry to think about, so we won’t go there. I’m just going to be thankful that I figured it out when I did and I can enjoy this pregnancy.
If you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or scared to get pregnant again like I was, I say ‘give it a shot!’. If nothing else, Iron and Vitamin C can never hurt you! (unless you take waaay more than the amounts I recommended).
If you are interested, here are the vitamins I am currently taking:
Prenatal minis: (I have a hard time swallowing large vitamins when I am pregnant) these are much smaller than most prenatal vitamins and you take 3 a day.
Women’s Multi: ask your vitamin retailer to recommend a good brand.
Iron: 28 mg daily
Vitamin C: 1000 mg daily
Probiotic: immune system builder with acidophilus.
I also take (not for pregnancy) if anyone is interested:
5-HTP and B complex plus: my chiropractor recommended these when I was having some baby blues after having Judah, they changed my life!
Happy Pregnancy! I know mine is!
**I am not a nutritionist. Please do your own research before taking anything I recommend above**