Apparently I have this genetic thing where vitamins make me sick, my mom has the same issue. When I was pregnant with William I was anemic and I’m fully expecting to be anemic again, in this pregnancy. But those iron pills just make me horribly sick. Actually, I can’t even take normal prenatal vitamins, I have to take the tummy-safe gummy ones. I’ve had to look for alternatives to boost my iron levels. I followed as many of these as my food aversions allowed in my first pregnancy and William was born with solid iron levels. But always remember to check with your doctor for what may be best for you and for baby.
01. Eat iron-rich foods.
Foods like pork, poultry, seafood, red meat, beans, tofu, lentils, dark leafy greens, dried fruit, eggs, whole grains, and fortified cereals are typically high in iron and other vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to both you and baby. If you also have gestational diabetes most of these are bonus foods because you can typically eat as much protein as you’d like in your diet.
02. Avoid foods that absorb iron.
Foods that are high in calcium can obstruct your body from readily absorbing iron. So do your best to eat a low amount of cheese, milk, and other dairy products. Another thing that messes with your iron absorption is tannin. Tannin can be found in foods like black, green, and rooibos teas, as well as coffee. Also try to avoid other caffeinated drinks.
03. Cook with cast iron pots and pans.
Whatever foods you cook in the cast iron pans will absorb iron from the pan.
What other tips and tricks do you have for upping your iron intake without taking a supplement?