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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Anemia During Pregnancy

Anemic and wondering how your condition will affect you and baby during pregnancy? Look no further. We've got all the answers.

What’s the best way to treat anemia during pregnancy?

Your doctor will probably prescribe an iron supplement, likely in a higher dose than most prenatal vitamins contain. With iron-deficiency anemia, you may also be at a higher risk for postpartum depression, so your doctor may screen you more closely for it after the birth. Each type of anemia has its own specific treatments and concerns, so be sure to get the full scoop on your condition from your doctor.

What can I do to prevent anemia?

Get plenty of iron. Women need about 18 mg of iron each day, and pregnant women need about 27 mg. Dried fruits, oatmeal, spinach, broccoli and dark-meat poultry are all good sources of iron.

What do other pregnant moms do when they have anemia?

“I was anemic with my first [pregnancy], and I am this time too. I take an OTC ferrous sulfate iron supplement.”

“I’m anemic…I picked up a bottle of iron pills and took them to the OB, and she said to take one on an empty stomach, followed by an orange or a small cup of OJ.”

“I’m [anemic]. I am taking prescription iron pills because they also have additional B vitamins for helping to build my blood back up, as well as vitamin C to help me absorb the iron better. Also, the prescription ones seem to make me less constipated.”

Are there any other resources for anemia during pregnancy?

March of Dimes

WomensHealth.gov

American Sickle Cell Anemia Association

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-- Ashley S. Roman, MD, ob-gyn and clinical assistant professor at New York University School of Medicine

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