Iron Deficiency during Pregnancy

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Why is iron important during pregnancy?

Many women develop iron deficiency u anemia during pregnancy
Your body uses iron to make extra blood (hemoglobin) for you and your baby during pregnancy.

Iron also helps move oxygen from your lungs to the rest of
your body and to your baby. Getting enough iron can prevent a condition of too few red blood cells that can make you feel tired, called iron deficiency anemia.

What are symptoms of low iron during pregnancy?

The following symptoms may occur if you are not getting enough iron from your diet:

  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cold hands
  • Increased heart rate
  • Irritability
  • Pale skin
  • Decreased concentration
  • Decreased immune function (which makes it harder for you to fight off illness)

How much iron does your body needs during pregnancy?

Women aged 19-50 need 27 mg of iron per day during pregnancy.

How can I get enough iron from food?

Although iron deficiency is common in pregnant women, it can be avoided with careful food planning. iron is naturally found in many foods and is fortified in many food products.