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I've been spending time with family lately and haven't had time to blog, so I just wanted to pop in and catch up. Thanks to all who sent me comments, and for all the happy mamma and baby vibes :-)
I'm doing well, though I think the rest of my pregnancy will be spent either drinking water, looking for a toilet, or having a contraction, with the first two activities being the priority. My sister had the same phenomenon.
The only problem with all this water is that my blood volume is increasing faster than my iron stores. Increased blood volume is a very good thing during pregnancy, I just figured I was certainly getting enough iron with 100% in my prenatals and plenty of red meat, but I started to feel light-headed occasionally and the doctor checked my iron and found it to be a little too low. It's allowed to drop a bit in pregnancy, due to the blood volume, but mine dropped a little too much. So now I'm taking Flora iron supplement, Floravitex I believe, the gluten-free version. I'm also eating even more red meat, and craving it. I'm thinking my celiac disease was triggered when I had mono at 19, and all my higher iron levels became a thing of the past at that point.
I went to my favorite restaurant out near my town or origin, Stockman's, and had one of the more compliant meals I've had in a while...all-you-can-eat sirloin with sauteed vegetables (broccoli, squash, mushrooms, onions, tomato) and it's a lovely combination. I need to cook like that for myself! Most everything is cooked with just butter, salt and garlic, and the local beef they serve is mostly free-range.
Anyway, thanks for tuning in!