This past week has been exhausting for numerous reasons. Let's just say, my final countdown has begun - I'm ready to meet our girl and I am ready to not be pregnant anymore!
This was one of the most vastly different weeks between my two pregnancies, all because of one little thing: iron. In 27 years, I've never been told I had low iron (anemia). I had no idea what having low iron meant for a person, let alone a pregnancy. Well, I now have first-hand experience and let me just say - it is one VITAL mineral!
The weekend preceding this week, our little family took a trip to Galveston. We were busy while we were there, so when we got home Sunday, I was wiped out. I didn't think it could be anything else besides post-vacation exhaustion, but then Monday morning came and I felt like I had been hit by a truck. Seriously. The best I can describe my symptoms were like the flu: my entire body was achy, I was nauseous, incredibly tired, and had a dull headache. My husband even said my face looked incredibly pale.
I tried to go about my morning like any other day, but I was soon convinced I had a virus of some sort (and really hoping this wasn't just how I was going to feel the rest of my pregnancy). I laid as low as I could (considering I stay at home with our toddler) and my husband worked from home to help out.
Mid-afternoon I got a call from my doctor's office about my glucose test from last week. She reported that my glucose number was good, but they also check for iron at this time and that number was really low. She recommended an iron supplement along with the vitamins I'm already taking.
I got off off the phone with her and immediately googled 'iron deficiency symptoms.' Bam - that's the truck that had hit me! Almost every symptom listed is what I was feeling. Good news was that by simply upping my iron, I could be feeling normal quickly. Bad news was that I felt so weak, I couldn't even fathom leaving the house to go get the pills. So I spent the rest of Monday on the couch, slept 13 hours that night, and woke up the next day feeling even worse.
Luckily, the next morning my mom offered to bring some lunch and a few things over to our house. I mentioned the iron issue and she graciously offered to pick me up some iron supplement pills. I took one as soon as she arrived, but the effect wasn't immediate like I had hoped. Later that day, I did some more research on iron-rich foods and discovered I had a few in our pantry: cereal, oatmeal, and dark chocolate. So that was literally my dinner that night. Don't judge!
A few friends had also reached out about iron supplementation and warned me about its tendency to cause constipation. I use baby prune concentrate to combat that nuisance, and it always works. Knock on wood, since starting my iron pills, I haven't had any issues - thank you prunes!
Anyways, Wednesday morning rolled around and I was up with energy at 6 am. I felt SO much better - still not 100%, but the difference was monumental to me. I noticed that while I felt like my old self, having been essentially bed-ridden for 2 days had kicked my butt and I fatigued easily. But the nausea, body aches, headache, and paleness were gone, and it has stayed that way ever since!
The only other issue I had this week was Saturday morning when I forgot to take my iron pill first thing. I didn't get all the symptoms back, but right after breakfast I got really sleepy and then threw everything up. I felt fine afterwards, but I quickly realized it was due to not having the pill in my system. I took it and had no more issues.
My hope is that this issue goes away once I deliver our girl, but if it doesn't, at least I know there are ways to ensure it doesn't take me out ever again!
Other than that, I am just feeling large and awkward - typical third trimester stuff. I am looking forward more and more to the day our girl gets here so that 1) we can meet her and 2) I can feel like my normal self again!
9 weeks to go - check back next week for another update and comparison! Also, if you aren't already, follow me on Instagram and Facebook for daily pregnancy observations and happenings!