So to give you a background on my situation.... I'm 33 weeks pregnant. I have been vegan for over a year and have always supplemented b12 through sublingual tablets (which to be fair I was a bit crap at remembering to take) but also through fortified foods. I just found out my b12 level is 88.
My iron is also slightly low but I was having what my midwife referred to as classic anaemia symptoms. I get very short of breath, dizzy, severe heart palpitations I also get this dull ache down both arms. These symptoms seem to happen in sort of attacks - I'll feel ok one minute and then these symptoms come on in sort of waves and the only thing that really relieves it is sitting if standing or if it happens when I'm already sitting then lying down.
I was really disappointed in the service of my hospital as my midwife suggested b12 to be tested as my symptoms seemed very severe for only a slight drop in iron.... When I requested at the hospital they refused (even though I explained my symptoms and that I was vegan) saying it was unnecessary. Luckily I have a good GP who immediately ran my b12 levels. If I would have been less assertive I would have gone on to breastfeed my baby and she would also have been b12 deficient causing health implications for her.
From what I understand 88 is very low. I have been put on every other day injections for two weeks by my GP. Does anyone think I should be supplementing on top of the injections? How effective are the injections? Basically I want to know how long it will be until I start to feel better? I'm really emotional (read: hormonal) and find it really upsetting and frustrating every time I get an attack. I can't wait to feel better for myself and my baby.
Does anyone have any advice on the questions above?
By the way I have also introduced eggs and dairy back into my diet since diagnosis.
Thanks for reading,
Hannah (and bump) X