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It's often the case isn't it, it's only when you are at your lowest and at the stage of physically dropping that you seek any nutritional help. This was certainly the scenario I experienced, whilst three months pregnant I felt as if I literally could not clamber out of bed in the morning, absolutely zero energy and in fact felt like "a shadow" instead of a physical being ...
Rewind back to when I first started feeling like this, and I ventured to my GP to see what they could offer me. In the past I have had trouble with anaemia and so fully expected to be prescibed some form of iron. So, I was rather surprised when I left the surgery with no sign of a prescription whatsover. The advice given was along the lines of "feeling like this is a normal occurence during pregnancy, just one of those things .." This point of view infuriates me beyond belief. Are we not living in 2004? Does the fact that I can barely see myself through a working day count for nothing. Surely my health and wellbeing were in relation to that of my unborn child's ...
Exasperated with this response, I took myself to Holland & Barratt. After perusing what seemed like hundreds of bottles, a friendly member of staff came to my aid. I explained how I was feeling and also that I was pregnant. After a few moments she consulted a list of approved formulas for use during pregnancy and showed me some samples of Floradix liquid Iron. I was really impressed that they were available in trial size (tiny bottles - enough for a daily slug) and took home a week's supply.
After using this for a couple of days, the change was vast. I felt so much more "me", and no longer felt drained out and "shadow-like" (you will know the feeling if you have ever been anaemic. You get out of bed and feel like you have just left your body still lying there!). I went back to purchase a large bottle. This cost me £7.49 for 250ml - but it lasts me for 4-5 weeks, taking both morning and night. Perhaps you may only need one dose to feel the benefits.
^^So what exactly is it ..?^^
Basically, Floradix is made up of absorbable iron - in yeast extract form, alongside Vitamin B & C and contains many herbal extracts. The listing of ingredients is certainly varied. For example a quick look at my ingredients here tell me there is:
All good stuff, and that's only some of the contents.
Floradix Liquid Iron isn't just intended for pregnant/nursing women either. It is recommended for everyone, as a nutritional supplement. Rather like taking a daily dose of multi vitamin - but in liquid form.
^^how does it taste ..?^^
I have to be honest - not great. It could just be me, but it is a bit of a face twister! If you have ever had a can of Purdeys from the health shop then this is similar. It's a very herbal/fruity taste as you can probably imagine from the list of contents. My advice is down it quickly and follow with some nice juice ... It smells just as strong, but it isn't like your going to stand and inhale it and give it a gargle so best just get on with it I suppose.
^^where can I buy this ..?^^
So far, I have only seen this in Holland & Barratt. It cost £7.49 for 250ml in a large bottle. The bottle box is easily recogniseable due to it's bright red packaging - see pic.
After using this for a couple of months now, I can feel the benefits and will continue taking as my regular supplement. I find the liquid form convenient as I find tablets/capsules hard to swallow. This is best kept in the refrigerator and used within 4 weeks. I do recommend that you ask first about the trial sizes, as the full size bottle is a costly investment.