Anaemia is a risk during pregnancy
, and when you become anaemic (when your haemoglobin levels are too low), you run the risk of having a low birth weight baby, or preterm birth
Signs of anaemia are pale gums, intense and ongoing fatigue
, and the only way to check whether you are, in fact, anaemic, is to have a blood test done.
If you suspect that you may be anaemic, or if you have a history of anaemia, then it’s best to speak to your doctor. If your haemoglobin level is below 13.2g/dL, then your doctor may prescribe iron tablets
, or even a course of injections.
It’s best to seek medical advice sooner, rather than later, when you are dealing with anaemia, as a blood iron level that is too low can be life threatening, and in very severe cases, you may even need to have a blood transfusion.
On the other side of the coin, you don’t want to be taking an iron supplement if your iron levels are normal – you also risk having a small for gestational age baby, and you may cause trouble with your blood pressure.
In most cases, a diet rich in iron, from green leafy vegetables, liver, red meat and dried fruit is enough to prevent anaemia, however, there is treatment available if that’s not the case