In this video you will learn about Anemia During Pregnancy
In most pregnancies, your blood supply increases during the pregnancy to accommodate the growth and development of the baby. If your blood supply is low then you are considered to be anemic or have anemia. Good nutrition is especially important during pregnancy to help produce the needed increase of blood. Vitamins help contribute to a healthy body and pregnancy. Smoking alters the absorption of nutrients and can contribute to anemia. Other factors that increase the risk of anemia include: Poor nutrition, low iron and vitamin intake, alcohol consumption, and certain medications such as anti-seizure drugs.
Symptoms of Anemia may include:
1) Shortness of breath, weakness, fainting, or tiredness
2) Pale skin or jaundiced (yellowish) skin
3) Possible changes in heartbeat
4) Headaches or forgetfulness
5) Nausea or abdominal pain
What your doctor can do:
1) Diagnose the disease by asking about your symptoms and medical history, performing a physical exam and ordering laboratory blood tests.
2) Prescribe prenatal multivitamins with supplemental iron.
What you can do:
1) Increase the amount of iron and folic acid in your diet.
2) Eat foods high in iron such as beef, liver, eggs, whole grain breads, cereals and dried fruit.
3) Take iron supplements with vitamin C to help with absorption. Orange juice is an excellent source of vitamin C.
4) DO NOT drink milk when taking your iron pill. It prevents absorption of iron.
5) Protect yourself from injury and bleeding.
For more information on Anemia during pregnancy or to schedule an appointment with Moore & Associates Obstetrics & Gynecology, visit our website at www.mooreobgyn.com.
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