The Truth About Calcium And Anemia


As any physician or nutritionist would be quick to advise the pregnant woman, the food that she eats, and the diet that she has, will have a crucial impact on the long term success of her pregnancy, along with the health of her unborn child and so, it is for that precise reason then, that it is crucial that the pregnant woman educates herself as to the manner in which her body works.

It should be noted that one of the main risks that a woman will face during the course of her pregnancy is the onset of anemia and if left unchecked, this can be a major problem to the unborn child as well as the mother due to the fact that the mother faces the risk of developing heart failure in the future.

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However, women may actually be increasing their chances of acquiring anemia due to the fact that they are taking supplements that can clash and inhibit the rate and effectiveness of which the body will be able to absorb the iron into the bloodstream. This issue is considered in more details as is follows.

What supplements can place the female at risk during pregnancy?

This may come as something of a surprise but the truth of the matter is this: calcium interferes with the ability of the body to absorb iron from the food and specifically, it will actually prevent the body from doing so at all. Given that a woman has to increase the amount of iron in her diet during pregnancy to prevent anemia for both herself as well as her child, this is an issue that any expecting mother should be aware of.

Calcium Suppliments

Therefore, calcium supplements of any sort should be carefully controlled and regulated during the pregnancy. However, problems also rise from the fact that it is not only calcium supplements, but calcium that has been derived from the food we eat, that poses a potential threat to the iron consumption process, and by extension then, the risk of anemia. With that in mind then, it is important that expectant mothers follow the instructions of the physician closely.

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