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Iron infusion

Postby AussieBritLu » Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:41 pm

Anyone had one during pregnancy before?
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Re: Iron infusion

Postby Baby Blue Eyes » Wed Feb 17, 2016 8:50 pm

not an infusion but I have had injections
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Re: Iron infusion

Postby Nedsmum » Thu Feb 18, 2016 7:50 am

Not during pregnancy, but I'm on my 5th infusion in the past two years... How low is your Ferritin level ? (the lowest mine has been was 6, due to severe menstruation... during pregnancy it was around 11-16... definitely low but never 'anemia'...
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Re: Iron infusion

Postby Gwen's Mum » Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:21 am

I was headed that way in my pregnancy with DS - ferritin 9 and dropping, hB (normally around 150) down to 125 and dropping. I didn't have HG though, so I was able to comfortably take iron supplements and include nettle tea, blackstrap molasses and other iron rich foods in my diet, and that helped stop the symptoms and increase both levels. Those mums I know who had had injections or infusions have found them to be very quickly beneficial.
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Re: Iron infusion

Postby AussieBritLu » Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:54 am

It was down from 88 to 7.

My hB was down from 144 to 117.

I've heard they are beneficial...just wondering the process...all the research I've done online have been without pregnancy involved and all have said if pregnant to talk to hp lol
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Re: Iron infusion

Postby Gwen's Mum » Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:04 pm

Definitely discuss it with your midwife or whoever is providing your antenatal care. Infusions are given to pregnant women fairly regularly when they're borderline anaemic and not able to increase levels in other ways, so there's certainly precedent. :-)
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Re: Iron infusion

Postby Baby Blue Eyes » Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:24 pm

You need to speak to your GP about your options. In regard to the injections they are literally a pain in the bum :lol: . You get 5 injections and then get checked to see if you need more. The injections are a black liquid and they put it in the hip area in a technique called a Z technique. The idea is to try and trap the iron underneath the muscle to prevent a 'tattoo' like bruise forming. I have one of these on each hip but after 2 years 1 is nearly gone and the other is about 1/2 faded. It just looks like a massive bruise and I really only notice it when I'm in swimmers and I'm sure people wonder how did I get that :lol:

After the very 1st injection I woke up awake and not tired and I love them. I had 5 at the end of dd pregnancy and then another 10 afterwards due to a haemorrhage. I get my iron levels checked regularly every time I get a blood test or go to the GP for anything they normally check them. I will be asking for mine to get checked next month and I will be asking about the infusion for myself.
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Re: Iron infusion

Postby tillygail » Thu Feb 18, 2016 11:41 pm

I just had one last week. My ferritin was 7 last year and a little higher recently but I don't tolerate the tablets so GP suggested an infusion. I'm not feeling much different yet but was told it can take 2 weeks to take effect. I was expecting to have to go into hospital for a few hours but it was done in the doctor's surgery and only took 15 mins which was nice :-D
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Re: Iron infusion

Postby JMc » Fri Feb 19, 2016 2:15 pm

No experience with infusions, but I did find a liquid iron supplement that didn't make me feel sick or upset my digestion. Not sure if you would be able to keep it down, but pm me if you would like the brand.
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Re: Iron infusion

Postby AussieBritLu » Fri Feb 19, 2016 3:20 pm

I've been told supplements aren't going to help now (plus even the thought of taking anything liquid or not makes me want to puke....I am struggling most days just to eat a decent amount)

I got a call from the hospital...all the paperwork is ready to go for me to have the infusion on Wednesday.
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Re: Iron infusion

Postby Nedsmum » Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:28 pm

Best of luck with the infusion. For me, I can feel a big boost about 10 days afterwards...the only risk I think is a rare allergic reaction, so they will monitor you closely...
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Re: Iron infusion

Postby Jenbt85 » Wed Feb 24, 2016 7:50 pm

How are you feeling after the infusion?
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Re: Iron infusion

Postby AussieBritLu » Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:22 pm

Still the same tbh....but I wasn't expecting a difference really yet....my hand however where I had the cannula and the sticky stuff is a little sore and red....thinking just irritation from the sticky stuff...either that or sunburn from the drive home lol
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Re: Iron infusion

Postby Delisano » Mon Oct 23, 2017 12:22 am

Baby Blue Eyes wrote:not an infusion but I have had injections


Were they painful? I hate injections.
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