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How much iron do i need if i am pregnant?

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Dr. Rishi Kumar
Dr. Rishi Kumaranswered
Anesthesiology 8 years experience
30mg/day: The recommended allowance for pregnant and breastfeeding women is 30mg/day. Iron absorption is actually enhanced during pregnancy, but because of a relative hemodilution coupled with increased oxygen needs, it's essential that the mother's iron stores be sufficient.
Dr. Christopher Powers
Obstetrics and Gynecology 23 years experience
15-30mg/day is generally what's in a prenatal vitamin. If anemic, may need an additional supplement
Oct 15, 2011
Dr. David Dang
Radiology 14 years experience
Consult your OB: Prenatal vitamin supplements are usually advisable during pregnancy. These vitamins have high levels of iron and Folic Acid specifically. Consult your OB doctor to see if you would benefit from supplement. There are also foods rich in irons.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Iron requirements: Vary according to age, gender, menstruating, pregnancy, lactating. See chart from the office of dietary supplements of the nih given here.

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How much iron do I need if I am pregnant to be healthy?

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Dr. Philip Chenette
Fertility Medicine 38 years experience
27 mg per day: In pregnancy a woman needs 50 % more iron. 27 mg is more than most diets supply. Good idea to supplement iron in pregnancy.

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