Weakness and paleness may seem normal during pregnancy but it can also be anemia! Do not ignore the warning sings, know more…
One of the most common complications during pregnancy is anemia. In pregnancy, your body produces extra blood at about the 6th week to support the growth and development of the unborn baby. If the demand for iron is not met through diet the body fails to produce enough blood. This leads to development of anemia, which is directly associated with low levels of hemoglobin.
It is normal to have mild anemia during pregnancy, but there is a chance of developing severe anemia due to low intake of iron, folic acid and other vital vitamins. In India, 74 percent of pregnant women suffer from anemia.
Here’s what you need to know-
Causes of anemia during pregnancy
- Consuming iron deficient diet
- Heavy pre-pregnancy menstrual flow
- History of anemia before pregnancy
- Vomiting frequently
- Less gap between two pregnancies
- Conceiving twins
- Blood cell disorders
Anemia leaves you with…
- Pale or yellowish skin
- Irregular heartbeats
- Shortness of breath
Risks of conceiving with anemia
- Premature birth or low birth weight
- Congenital anemia
- Serious birth defects like Neural Tube Defects
- Developmental delays in baby
- Postpartum depression
Manage it right!
Timely blood tests like complete blood count, checking for levels of hemoglobin, iron, folate, vitamin B12, etc., especially during pregnancy helps in preventing anemia. Also, consuming foods rich in iron and vitamin content allows to keep a check on anemia before it makes an unannounced arrival!
“Anemia during pregnancy is a matter of concern- Take it seriously!”