Many women have come to think of having low energy and foggy thinking as an unfortunate but unavoidable side effect of pregnancy.
Luckily, this could not be further from the truth.
It’s possible to have a vibrant, energetic pregnancy if you provide your body with the right fuels to accomplish that.
While it is rarely diagnosed as such, a lack of energy during and after pregnancy is often the result of iron deficiency in the body, commonly referred to as anemia.
Anemia can have a number of adverse effects, including the aforementioned hazy thinking and lack of energy, as well as reduced quality of breastmilk and mood postpartum, and other complications during pregnancy.
Suffice it to say that iron is an extremely important nutrient to monitor.
The problem with this is what to do about it.
Your doctor will likely prescribe a traditional iron supplement, which may do an OK job of improving your iron levels, but can also leave you constipated and bloated.
The good news is that there is a natural remedy that works WONDERS in this department, and it’s extremely cheap and easy to prepare.
Yellow Dock – Nature’s Iron Supplement
Yellow Dock is an herb that boasts a good concentration of iron that is easily absorbed by the body, and also improves iron absorption in the intestines. You can find it in capsule form, but it is far more effective when prepared in liquid form (instructions below). Forget coffee, Monster drinks, Red Bull, or 5 Hour Energy. Yellow Dock is nature’s energy shot.
You may need a higher dosage than I recommend below at first, but there’s no harm in taking as much as you feel you need. At most health food stores you can buy it in bulk, and you can also get it online at Mountain Rose Herbs (I don’t have any business affiliation with this website, but can highly recommend their products as I use them myself.)
This formula revitalizes your blood supply, restores healthy iron levels, and helps to rid the blood of impurities. Many of my clients have had both their doctors and midwives check their iron levels while on this Yellow Dock preparation, and have seen their iron levels normalize in just a few weeks!
Here’s how to prepare Yellow Dock as an oral supplement for anemia:
Yellow Dock Iron Formula
2 oz. Yellow Dock root, cut form (mountainroseherbs.com)
1 quart distilled water
2 tbs. honey, or to taste
Preparation: Put Yellow Dock into a glass quart jar and cover with boiling distilled water. Let sit overnight. The next day, empty the mixture into a saucepan and heat on the stove on low, uncovered. Let simmer until the liquid has reduced to about 1 1/2 Cups. Strain and squeeze through a cheesecloth or muslin. Add honey. Refrigerate. Mixture keeps for up to a month in the fridge.
Dosage: 1 Tablespoon daily (2 Tablespoons if symptoms are severe)
Note: I’ll admit that Yellow Dock is NOT the most palatable of herbs. However, the benefits of feeling great during your pregnancy are well worth it. Stick with it, and let me know about your experiences!