iron deficiency anemia during pregnancy
I got a very bad iron deficiency anemia during pregnancy. My iron level was measured 8-9, which is very low. I felt so tired and weak that I could not walk outside, or do home chores. My skin looked pale, everyone was trying to mentioned my skin color and ask me if I am feeling ok. My doctor said I did not have enough iron because I was pregnant, so my body has to use iron for myself and additionally for my baby.
He also mentioned that in pregnant women, severe iron deficiency anemia has been linked to premature births and low birth weight babies. I did not want my baby to born premature. He suggested a blood transfusion for me, because my iron was too low, or start to take an iron supplement, but I will see the results no earlier than 2-3 weeks. I chose supplements.
You can actually prevent anemia if you will follow iron-rich diet. Foods rich in iron include:beans,dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach,dried fruit, such as raisins, eggs, peas,red meats,seafood,liver.You can enhance your body's absorption of iron by drinking citrus juice or eating other foods rich in vitamin C at the same time that you eat high-iron foods.