Why Is Iron Needed During Pregnancy?
- It is a vital component of haemoglobin – a protein found in red blood cells that carry oxygen around the body. Without iron, cells become oxygen starved.
- Iron is important in increased levels during pregnancy to produce extra red blood cells for the growing fetus and placenta.
- Iron supports normal brain development in the growing fetus.
- In the 3rd trimester, the fetus builds iron stores for the first 6 months of life outside the womb
Whose At Risk of Low Iron Levels During Pregnancy?
- Women with heavy periods prior to pregnancy
- Those who follow a low-fat or high-fibre diet
When pregnant - the recommended intake of iron is 27mg/day
As a guide, listed below is an example of how to obtain enough iron when pregnant:
What Are The Effects Of Iron Deficiency During Pregnancy?
Red meat Oysters Cashews