Are You Getting Enough Iron During Pregnancy?

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Are You Getting Enough Iron During Pregnancy?

When you’re pregnant, you need double the nutrients. And so it goes with the iron intake, too, because your body needs to make extra blood for your baby. Therefore, doctors recommend eating iron-rich foods and iron supplements to rule out the risk of iron deficiency in your body.


What are the benefits of Iron?

Your body needs iron to make extra blood (hemoglobin) for you and your baby during pregnancy. Iron helps blood to move oxygen from your lungs to the rest part of the body. It is vital to maintain sufficient iron levels during pregnancy to prevent iron deficiency in your body, known as Anemia. In Anemia, the body feels tired, breathless, and has cold hands and feet.


How should I start taking Iron?

According to medical experts, a pregnant mother should consume 27mg of iron every day. And during the breastfeeding stage, a mother requires 9mg of iron every day.


Which Foods Are Rich In Iron?

Iron is majorly found in green leafy vegetables and poultry foods. Here is the list of iron-rich foods that pregnant women can consume safely during pregnancy.

  • Spinach
  • Chicken liver
  • Legumes
  • Red meat
  • Pumpkins
  • Quinoa seeds
  • Broccoli
  • Fish


Do I Need To Take Iron Supplements, Too?

Iron supplements ensure that you’re getting enough iron nutrients during your pregnancy. After checking your iron levels through blood tests, iron supplements are included in prenatal vitamins that the doctor prescribes.

 

What Are The Side Effects of Iron Supplements?

Iron supplements are safe during the pregnancy; however, make sure you do not take an overdose. It is recommended to take 25mg of iron daily, and if it is prescribed to take more, you may go for it.
Iron supplements sometimes cause constipation, green stool, nausea, and vomiting. Drinking plenty of water in a day can help you fight against the side effects of iron supplements.

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