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A 27-year-old female asked:

my iron levels doubled in 1 week - from 8 to 16micromol/l . what could be the cause of this? hb levels are within normal.

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Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Increased absorption: Iron control is mediated by absorption and secretion, with iron used most frequently in red blood cell metabolism and liver breakdown (heme is broken down by the liver into bilirubin). So, increased iron may just be related to changes in metabolism of blood or liver function.

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Is it ok to eat iron-fortified foods while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: It is great to eat a diet rich in iron while breastfeeding. Making sure you do not become iron-deficient is very important to prevent your baby from developing iron. If your doctor has prescribed you an iron supplement for anemia, that is very safe to do as well.
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Will breastfeeding diminish my iron supply?

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Yes: Yes, breastfeeding provides nutrition to the infant, including iron. If the mother isn't replacing the iron the infant is taking she will be at risk of becoming iron deficient.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are good sources of iron during pregnancy?

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Dr. Lauren Phillips
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Beans and greens!: Here are some iron rich foods: red meat (make sure it is well cooked) egg yolks (cooked) dark, leafy greens (spinach, collards) dried fruit (prunes, raisins) iron-enriched cereals and grains turkey or chicken giblets beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans artichokes.
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Why do I need more iron during pregnancy?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Change in volume: During pregnancy, your blood volume basically doubles. The red blood cells may not be able to keep up with the volume increase and this will cause your hemoglobin to drop. Low hemoglobin can make you tired and short of breath. Taking iron and increasing your fluids can get your hemoglobin back up.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is there anything that can be done to treat or prevent iron overload?

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Dr. Gregg Albers
Addiction Medicine 41 years experience
Iron overload: Those patients who have had blood work that show anemia, are often put on iron. If this is you, you should have blood work on a regular basis to make sure you still need the iron supplement. Hemachromatosis is an inherited condition where iron is stored and can cause liver damage. Routine blood work along with special testing will diagnosis this and prevent iron overload and damage.

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