TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF ANEMIA DURING PREGNANCY

Anemia :

Anemia is a condition that develops when your blood produces a lower-than-normal amount of healthy red blood cells. If you have anemia, your body does not get enough oxygen-rich blood. The lack of oxygen can make you feel tired or weak.

TREATMENT OF ANEMIA:

If a pregnant woman is anemic, doctor will suggest iron/folate/B12 supplements in addition to prenatal vitamins.

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Iron supplements may cause nausea and constipation and cause stools to become dark greenish or black in color.

Your doctor may also suggest to include foods that are high in iron and folic acid to your diet.
The doctor may also recommend you to include animal foods in your diet such as;

  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products

In addition, doctor will ask you to repeat another blood test after a specific period of time to check that your Hemoglobin and Hematocrit levels are improving.

PREVENTING ANEMIA:

Good nutrition before and during pregnancy keeps up your levels of iron and other important nutrients which is important for growth and development of your baby.

Include iron-rich foods in your diet such as;

  • Lean red meat, poultry and fish
  • Leafy, dark green vegetables such as (spinach, kale and broccoli)
  • Beans, lentils, nuts
  • Eggs

Foods that are high in Vitamin C helps your body to absorb more iron, these include:

  • Citrus fruits and juices
  • Strawberries
  • Kiwis
  • Tomatoes, and
  • Bell peppers

Foods that are high in folate, helps prevent folate deficiency, these include:

  • Bread and cereals fortified with folic acid
  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Dried beans
  • Citrus fruits and juices

Take a prenatal vitamin that has enough iron and folic acid as per your doctor’s recommendation.

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