Iron Deficiency During Pregnancy: Symptoms, Causes And Treatments
Last update: September 15, 2022, 18:24 IST
Do not try to self-diagnose if you think you may be anemic.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, a lack of sufficient red blood cells (RBCs) can cause anemia.
Pregnancy is a special milestone in a woman’s life. But there are many changes in women’s body during pregnancy. One such change occurs in their heartbeats. A pregnant woman’s heart beats faster than usual to support the developing fetus in her womb. Due to this, the amount of blood in the body increases by 30 to 50 percent. It is very important for women to increase their iron and folic acid intake to maintain the increased blood volume.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, a lack of sufficient red blood cells (RBCs) can cause anemia. Iron deficiency is the main cause of anemia in women. Although mild anemia due to increased blood volume during pregnancy is common, severe anemia can be dangerous for both mother and baby.
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Some of the symptoms of iron deficiency during pregnancy include:
1. Fast heartbeat
2. Shortness of breath
4. Difficulty concentrating
6. Chest pain
7. Cold hands and feet
9. Light skin
Do not try to self-diagnose if you think you may be anemic. But there are ways to treat it at home without using supplements. Add iron-rich foods to your diet to improve your condition.
If none of these methods work and your condition worsens over time, see a doctor. They may prescribe some synthetic iron supplements that may improve your condition. In very rare circumstances, pregnant women may need to undergo a blood transfusion to increase the level of iron in their body.
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