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You may have Pregnancy Anaemia

Are you feeling tired and weak, you could have anaemia. This is very common in pregnancy and can be there before you fall pregnant or due to morning sickness. Most of the time this means you do not have enough iron and your vitamin levels are low.

Anaemia is something you must check out because it can affect your baby.

The reason for this is when you fall pregnant you create more red blood cells to improve the development to your baby, the blood carries oxygen. With anaemia you won’t be making enough red blood cells to make more blood.

You can get various types of anaemia

Iron-deficiency anaemia

As mentioned above, this is the most common anaemia in pregnancy; your body does not have enough iron to produce adequate amounts of hemoglobin, a protein in the red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body.

 

Folate-deficiency anaemia

Also known as folic acid, the body needs folate to produce new cells, including healthy red blood cells, similar to the Iron deficiency.

Most of the time when you find out you are pregnant it is recommended by your doctor to start taking extra folic acid because you could not be getting enough from your diet. The doctor recommends this as folate deficiency can contribute to birth defects, such as neural tube abnormalities (spina bifida) and low birth weight.

Vitamin B12 deficiency

To produce healthy red blood cells, your body needs vitamin B12. Women who find it difficult to eat meat, poultry, dairy products, or eggs could have a vitamin B12 deficiency; this can contribute to birth defects, such as neural tube abnormalities, and could lead to preterm labor.

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