I'm 26 weeks pregnant and recently had a blood test which indicated low ferritin levels. I got a 22 - the reference range is 10-154 ng/mL, though I don't know if those numbers account for pregnancy, but I recognize it's on the low-end anyway. I admit, I haven't been supplementing with iron. The "prenatal" vitamin I have been taking is Pure Encapsulations Nutrient 950 with Vitamin K, which is what Chris Kresser recommended from the Healthy Baby Code. I knew it didn't have iron in it, but I went along with it. I've also been supplementing with Vitamin D, cod liver oil, butter oil, and magnesium, but I've grossly ignored iron. Plus, I happen to drink a lot of raw milk throughout the day, so that probably doesn't help either in the iron absorbing department! I'm just hoping that the baby is leeching what he needs from me!!
I was wondering what sort of iron supplements you would recommend? Sure, I know food is the most important source. I just need to space it appropriately from my milk drinking habit. How many hours would you give it? I don't want to supplement per se, but I'm just wanting a quick boost of it, and I wonder if food will give me the amounts I need in such a short period of time. What do you think? I've been incorporating spinach into my smoothies. What are some other Pregnancy/Paleo-approved sources of iron (aside from liver!)?