In her third trimester, Shaina Anderegg began feeling dizzy and very tired. After a blood test, her doctor told her she had anemia (low red blood cell count) due to lack of iron in her body. Sixteen to 29 percent of pregnant women in the United States become anemic in the third trimester. Women need more iron during pregnancy to make red blood cells to carry oxygen to baby and mom. Eating foods with iron will not do enough to cure the anemia. Extra iron can be added to the body with pills or through a thin tube that goes into a vein (called an “IV”).
Shaina’s doctor suggested getting iron IV infusions so her levels would be back up in time for giving birth. Shaina doctored in Cedar Falls, but she chose to have her infusions done at Waverly Health Center to save time. “I was thankful to get my iron treatments here because, as a mom, it saved me an hour in the car each time and I didn’t have to find extra childcare,” said Shaina.
“The staff in outpatient medical were fantastic. At my first visit, my nurse Beth explained exactly what would happen. She stayed with me during the process, which made me feel more comfortable. I wouldn’t hesitate to use these services again, in fact, I would request it!”