Anemia is the most common blood disorder in the world. Anyone can get it, but women are more susceptible to it. In fact, anemia during pregnancy is extremely common. It can also become very serious, so diagnosing and treating it is important.
Anemia during pregnancy is common due to the fact that your body needs to produce enough iron for yourself and for the fetus. All pregnant women should be taking an iron supplement and also increasing the amount of iron they are eating. If a woman does not do this, then anemia symptoms will form. Iron is needed for hemoglobin production. If there isn’t enough hemoglobin, there will not be enough healthy red blood cells to transport blood an oxygen to the body’s organs and tissues. In a pregnant woman, the blood and oxygen needs to also be transported to the fetus. This can cause many symptoms to arise.
Anemia during pregnancy will cause all the normal anemia symptoms. Fatigue, weakness and decreased energy is the most common. These are caused by the lack of oxygen to the organs. The body will be overworked and will begin to shutdown. Dizziness or becoming lightheaded may also be experienced due to the lack of oxygen to the brain. In pregnant women, there are also more serious symptoms. Throbbing headaches are likely to be experienced from anemia during pregnancy. You could also experience dehydration caused by the anemia. Rapid heart rate and labored breathing are also common symptoms from anemia during pregnancy. All of these could cause problems for the baby. Morning sickness will become more frequent and more severe. Also, in some severe cases, premature labor can be caused from anemia during pregnancy.
It is very simple to treat and prevent anemia during pregnancy. Taking an iron supplement is that most common way. Speak with your doctor regarding dosage because too much iron could also cause problems. You could also treat the symptoms by eating iron-rich foods. These foods include red met, dairy, eggs and leafy greens.
Anemia during pregnancy is very common, but if it is not treated it can cause serious problems to occur. If you experience any symptoms you should speak with your doctor about possible treatment options. If you take these simple precautions you and baby will be on the track to a healthy life.
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