Do you feel so tired it’s become challenging to tend to your daily chores? Well, anemia may be the cause of your lack of energy. There are different types of anemia. Pregnancy is often the cause of iron-deficiency anemia, which is common in the second and third trimesters. It is easily manageable with the help of your practitioner.
But, don’t leave it untreated. Severe anemia may cause complications before and after birth. It can result in preterm birth, low birth weight, and even developmental delays and serious congenital disability of the spine or brain.
Anemia may also affect the placenta’s development, raise the risk of maternal death, and make the pregnant body more prone to infections.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 40 percent of pregnant women develop anemia, triggered by the deficiency of iron in the organism.
Watch out for the following signs:
- weakness and tiredness
- shortness of breath
- disturbed vision
- low appetite
- rapid or irregular heartbeat (heart palpitation)
- pale skin
If you experience any of these symptoms, let your doctor know right away.
This is how you find out if you have anemia
Your doctor will ask for a complete blood count (CBC). If you don’t have enough red blood cells (these cells contain a protein that carries oxygen around your body and to your baby.), you have anemia. Your practitioner may ask for more labs to find out which kind of anemia you developed.
Anemia can be prevented, and we have some tips for you
- Pump up your intake of iron-rich food like lean red meat (thoroughly cooked), lentils, beans, and leafy greens, such as spinach and kale.
- Opt for a prenatal vitamin that has iron.
- Got O.J.?. Vitamin C helps the body absorb the iron you ingest. Drink a cup of orange juice every day.
Hey, we know it can get scary, but don’t worry too much, ok? Many pregnant women with iron-deficiency anemia go on to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Just make sure you keep your doctor in the loop about all body changes and new symptoms you may notice.
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