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Five facts about anemia in pregnancy

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Five facts about anemia in pregnancy

  1. Anemia is a common condition in pregnancy due to the reduction in the number of red blood cells and their haemoglobin content.
  2. Symptoms of anaemia in pregnant women are usually fatigue, paleness, dizziness, fainting and shortness of breath.
  3. The typical anaemia in pregnancy is the result of a “hemodilution”, which is a reasonable condition. The amount of blood circulating in the body is increased by 40-50% to withstand the requirements of the fetus. This dramatic increase is best achieved by increasing blood serum and less by the rise of the number of red blood cells.
  4. Iron deficiency (iron deficiency) is another common cause of anaemia in pregnancy. The reason is the increased need for iron. It is important, during pregnancy, that iron intake is sufficient. This is feasible with proper nutrition as well as with iron supplementation. Food rich in iron is red meat and mainly calf, fish, poultry, seafood, nuts, dried fruits (raisins, apricots and plums), egg, lentils, beans, green leafy vegetables (spinach, broccoli), black bread.
  5. Sometimes anaemia is due to hemoglobinopathy, such as thalassemia, where particular attention is paid to monitoring pregnancy to prevent haemoglobin and hematocrit from falling too much.
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