Anemia and iron supplements

Fatigue, weakness, headaches, irritability.  Sound familiar?  

Iron Man
NOT FAMILIAR TO IRON MAN!

These are the most common signs of anemia. If you’re feeling these I’m not guaranteeing you are anemic. You may just be grumpy. Or stressed. Or not sleeping enough. Or depressed. But you can (and should) be checked for anemia through a simple blood test called a CBC (complete blood count).

If you are anemic, the most likely cause is iron deficiency. A little more than 10% of women ages 16 to 50 have iron deficient anemia. Iron is important because low levels lead to decreased red blood cell production, and red blood cells are the carriers of oxygen through your body (this is over simplified, but you get the gist). Women can even have symptoms with a mild iron deficiency before it’s low enough to cause anemia. Continue reading “Anemia and iron supplements”

Pregnant and Hiking to the Hollywood sign (or not)

 

Hollywood sign
Beachwood drive north of Franklin. Spotted: Hollywood sign and gaggles of tourists with selfie sticks

My favorite view is from the Griffith Park Observatory but the only way to reach the sign is to hike (illegally, I may add) through some difficult terrain. 

To stay true to your match.com profile where you met your spouse and swore you loved hiking you may be asking … is it safe to hike during pregnancy? 

Yes. With some precautions (like always). 

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Morning sickness: 11 ways to feel better!

Nauseous me
Nauseous me

Almost 9 out of 10 pregnant women suffer from nausea and vomiting of pregnancy, yet it’s one of the most under treated diagnoses out there. Women chalk it up to “normal changes”, “to be expected”, a “sign that the pregnancy is normal”. There is some truth to these statements … but still. No one should have to suck up months of nausea and vomiting when there are some remedies to help you through!

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