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A 26-year-old male asked:

My wifes hemoglobin is in 10.5 is this normal? she is 7 weeks pregnant. what's the best way to raise her hemoglobin?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Miguel Cano
Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Mild anemia: This is not too low & associated with mild anemia. Take iron supplements or iron rich foods. Red meat, egg yolks, dark leafy greens (spinach, collards), dried fruit (prunes, raisins) iron-enriched cereals and grains (check the labels), turkey or chicken giblets, beans, lentils, chick peas, soybeans, liver, & artichokes are good choices. You'll be rechecked again later. Good luck.
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 27 years experience
Borderline.: The optimal minimum of maternal hemoglobin around 28 weeks is 10 g/dl, with complications increasing under 9 and over 11 g/dl. Your wife is borderline anemic (not quite) for 7 weeks and i would only recommend she take the regular prenatal vitamins daily and follow a balanced diet, including red meat. Your obstetrician will determine if there is need for any other work-up.Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg/day.
Last updated Jun 25, 2014
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