Importance of Iron in your pregnancy ... 2

Importance of Iron in your pregnancy ... 2

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Importance of Iron in your pregnancy ... 2
Posted in 2013

You will become anemic if you have iron deficiency

Yes. Pregnancy increases your likelihood of becoming anemic.
During pregnancy, the recommended amount of iron increases from 18 milligrams (mg) per day to 27 mg per day. You need extra iron to support additional red blood cells, the placenta, and your growing baby. Plus, the extra iron prepares your body for any blood loss that may occur when you give birth.
But there are other factors outside pregnancy that increase your risk further, including:

  • Heavy menstrual periods
  • A diet low in iron-rich foods
  • A diet low in vitamin-C-rich foods (which help with iron absorption)
  • Eating too many foods or drinks that reduce iron absorption (like dairy products, foods containing soy, coffee and tea)
  • A short gap between pregnancies
  • Being younger than 20 when you become pregnant
  • Having a stomach or intestinal disease that affects how your body absorbs nutrients
  • Having certain types of gastric bypass surgery, which alters the gut and absorption of nutrients
  • Taking medication that affects the way your body absorbs iron from food
  • Losing more blood than normal when giving birth previously

My advise
1....   You need to protect yourself from anemia and also protect your child from iron deficiency
2...    Your child need Iron to form his blood
3...    Having severe iron-deficiency anemia may even increase the risk of stillbirth and newborn death.
4...   mild iron deficiency shouldn't affect your baby while you're pregnant. But research also suggests that mild iron-deficiency anemia that goes untreated and becomes more severe during pregnancy – especially in the first two trimesters – is linked to an increased risk of a baby being born with a low birth weight.
5...  Plenty of Iron is available in your vegetables and fruits.  It will not harm to you and your child.  So eat well and have healthy child

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