Taking Iron During Pregnancy Nurse Jackies 5-2-20 weekly tip

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You’re having a baby. Your Obstetrician starts you on iron medication daily for your anemia. What is the recommendation for taking this medication by mouth. Which answer is correct?

  • 1-iron medication needs food to activate it so take it with a meal
  • 2-Iron medication should be taken with milk
  • 3-Iron medication should not be taken with food
  • 4-Iron medication should be taken before you go to bed.

Answer 3 – Iron medications should not be taken with food. The reason you should take iron on an empty stomach without food is that an acidic stomach helps with iron absorption.(unless your physician says otherwise). 

Jacqueline Ann Chapman 

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