Hubby and I decided to go on holiday to his hometown. It was a great idea because c'mon..South of France? Ooo yeahh!! Except, I'll be lugging a 7 and half pregnant belly….and the not so best part? We'll be driving!
O my lord! How I dreaded and looked forward to this trip at the same time. I wanted to be close to the ocean...the beaches! Oo yess!!!! But the sun? The heat? Ooo nooo!!!!
Anyway, we drove and then it seemed like mama nature was cuddling and caring for me that the weather for most part of the drive was calming, cooling, stormy and even rainy!! Ooo yeah..it was heaven.
Of course I arrived with swollen sausages for toes (who wouldn't, on an 9 hour car ride) but I was happy with the weather. Me and my sausage toes were not going to be phased that easily. And then boom!! It's all going dark...I can't breathe...everything spinning.....I need to lie down. I think to myself, it’s probably because I’m tired from the ride.
A few days pass and again...dark....earth spinning, eyes turning, breathless, almost fainting...I think I need to lie down. Hubby: You ok baby? Low iron, maybe? Me: Oh no, I don’t think so. I just need sleep, I’m SO tired..**yawn**
After the 4th time, super hubby doula says, we need to see someone and I'm booking an appointment for you mama! I know you don't want see anyone but you need looking at. We need to see what we're up against and if it's iron at least we can start doing something about it. Do you want to come to your labour and after all these preparations, on the day you'll be too tired to even labour well and push baby out? (Told you he was super duper). It was a good argument so I agreed and went to see 'zee lovely french doctor. Ohh la la ;-). And guess what? Yep! It was the freaking iron. Everything else was good but iron was lowwwww. So I was prescribed the almighty iron tablets.
According to this article though, popping iron tablets due to these test results could result to the lack of absorption of important growth minerals for baby and may lead to diseases like pre-eclampsia. So getting one’s iron from “natural” sources may help to prevent these from happening. But as always, it’s always up to us pregnant women to do our research and choose what feels best for us, ok!
I personally had my reservations about iron tablets because for Luna’s pregnancy I was also anemic but taking them left me constipated. So I decided to take a few till I get to England and the funny thing was that taking them this time made me have diarrhea. I took them for 4 days to be exact and as soon as we came back to home, I went about the business of sorting myself out without the iron tabs.
At this point and despite my being "vegetarian", the thought of what might happen if I don't listen to my body and eat what it wants me to eat made me shove all my ideas to the side and embrace the meat. Before this event my body had been craving the red stuff but I ignored it and tired to bypass it with leafy greens, the little yummy ‘fart grenades’ called lentils, nuts, green greens...you name it, I had it. But this body, my body just wasn't buying it. Now I know a combo of all of these good stuff work for so many women out there but for some reason, it just didn’t do it for me.
You can imagine me now, rolling around in all the iron. I had about a month left meynnn, I was going all out! ;-). Everything on my plate at that time had a purpose for being there. I wasn't eating for pleasure anymore, I was eating for medicine. For those last two months I feel like I understood what was meant by "eating food for the medicine of the soul".
Next time: Doula training, more birth articles, Blessingway........aaaand another!