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Healthy Vegan Friday #34 Detox Salad, Meals for Singles, Sweet Potato Brownies and Low Iron

Posted Mar 15 2013 4:29am

Welcome to Healthy Vegan Fridays.  I hope you’ve had a good week.  This week I got back my results from my pregnancy blood tests which showed I’m very low in Iron.  This explains why I’ve been so tired my whole pregnancy.  Supposedly half of all pregnancies result in anemia. That’s a crazily high figure.  Why is it so difficult to get enough Iron during pregnancy?  I’ve been doing a lot of reading around this and found out that women need to double their iron intake during their pregnancies and if they are breastfeeding they need to up it even more.  I didn’t find out I was pregnant for about 6 weeks and had gone off my food during this time so I was hardly taking in any iron from my food.  I also wasn’t taking a pre-natal vitamin so it’s no wonder I am low in iron.  I did some calculations and my diet is high enough in iron normally for a non pregnant person, but I suspect having my babies so close together and continuing to breastfeed during my pregnancy just completely wiped out my stores.  During my first pregnancy I started off with good levels which dropped to the lower end of normal at the end of my pregnancy.  It is not something vegans normally need to worry about as long as they are eating a whole foods diet and absorbing the iron OK, but during pregnancy it can get depleted very quickly.  So I’m having to supplement with a very high dose of prescribed iron which I’m not a fan of but it’s important to get my levels back up quickly before my birth, and hopefully my energy will return before long.  I’d be interested to hear if you’ve ever had a problem with low iron? We had 57 entries last week!  If you missed them, you can check them out here.  I could seriously plan all my meals from the submissions we get to Healthy Vegan Fridays. For those of you who don’t know, Healthy Vegan Fridays is a weekly blog hop hosted by myself, Carrie @ Carrie on Vegan, and Gabby @ The Veggie Nook.  It is a place to share your healthy vegan recipes that make use of whole ingredients and minimize the use of processed and refined foods. The recipes shared on this link up are intended to emphasis the beauty, creativity and benefits of a [...]

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