Pregnancy Health Tips: Iron Vital for Pregnant Women's Well-being

Rozana Spokesman  | Amanat Thaper

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Amid Concerns of Anemia, Experts Emphasize the Importance of Iron Intake During Pregnancy

Pregnancy Health Tips

Pregnancy Health Tips: In a significant health revelation, it has been underscored that iron plays a pivotal role in the well-being of pregnant women, with deficiencies potentially leading to complications such as headaches, dizziness, and anemia. Medical professionals advocate the importance of iron supplements during pregnancy to address these concerns.

Iron deficiency is a prevalent issue during pregnancy, and its consequences can be detrimental. Women require more than 50 percent additional blood during pregnancy, but a shortage of iron can result in anemia. Disturbingly, recent surveys indicate that 6 out of 10 pregnant women suffer from anemia, raising concerns about its impact on both maternal and fetal health.

Anemia, if left unaddressed, can impede the proper brain development of the fetus and may lead to lower-than-normal birth weight. Additionally, it can contribute to respiratory difficulties and fatigue for both the baby and the mother, increasing the risk of complications during delivery.

Medical recommendations stipulate that a pregnant woman should consume 30 mg of iron daily. However, for those already grappling with anemia, health experts advise a daily intake of 120 mg of iron supplements, strictly under the guidance of a healthcare professional.

To counter iron deficiency, experts suggest incorporating iron-rich foods into the diet, such as beans, brown rice, spinach, beetroot juice, mint, orange juice, peanuts, lentils, radish leaves, pomegranate, yam, grapes, and meat. Cooking with iron pans or utensils is also encouraged, as this can infuse a small amount of iron into the food, contributing to the overall iron intake.

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