Tuesday, July 27, 2010


There is a reason why it is good to have a midwife looking after you even when you are a midwife.

I haven't been sleeping.

I feel tired all the time.

My legs are crampy.

I kick all night long.

I can't sit still.

I am crabby, irritable.

Hmmmm. If someone else came to me with these symptoms, I could probably guess what's going on and make some suggestions to them. But as a pregnant lady, it is impossible to diagnose yourself, or even to think about reasons why your life sucks right now (other than just "I'm pregnant").

I am so grateful to have a great midwife (with awesome assistants).

Why am I so tired, crabby, and restless?

Because - when we checked my iron today (not scheduled to do it, she just did it because of my symptoms) is was 9.5. For those of you who are not midwives, that is really friggin' low. (I've seen lower.....but still...it's not very good.) It causes all of those things that I mentioned up there.

So, I was immediately instructed to pick up some SSS Tonic , which I did, and begin taking it TODAY. It smells like @$$. I am sure it is going to taste horrible too. (I put it in the fridge. I hope that helps a little.) I have to take 3 tablespoons a day.

But I am excited. Looking forward to NOT being super tired, to sleeping, to not feeling like I am going to crawl out of my skin ALL THE TIME. Yeah for Iron!!

And, on a related but separate note, I have actually gained some weight. 1 lb to be exact. I now weigh 217. I started this pregnancy at 216. I dropped down to, I think, 205 a few months back. So technically, I have gained 12 lbs. since then. But really, it's only 1 lb. This is going to be awesome.

8 weeks left. I can do this for 8 weeks - especially if I can get a little rest.


becomewhatyouare said...

Good to have an answer!

I've not heard of SSS. I used Tri-Iron by Trilight. It's not yummy, but not terrible.

woolandchocolate said...

I am so glad you caught that! I run anemic by default, so that is always the first thing I check! Chlorophyl works wonders for me. What is SSS?
Get that number up, girl! :)

Michelle said...

Be sure to keep us posted on your progress! Maybe you should eat a steak for dinner? LOL

Emily said...

I took the Floradix liquid stuff and it really wasn't too bad.

Aubrey said...

Ew. I had to take iron, too. My cycles deplete it, pregnancy depletes it, and apparently I don't eat enough meat (hardly any) or iron rich veggies to compensate. Glad you found something that works! Good luck with the rest of this pregnancy!