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why do i need more iron during pregnancy?

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Dr. Sheila Goodman
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Change in volume: During pregnancy, your blood volume basically doubles. The red blood cells may not be able to keep up with the volume increase and this will cause your hemoglobin to drop. Low hemoglobin can make you tired and short of breath. Taking iron and increasing your fluids can get your hemoglobin back up.
Dr. Charles Greenberg
General Practice 45 years experience
For you and baby: Iron is essential you and your baby. Iron is needed to make blood, brain , muscle nerce and other cell functions.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What are good sources of iron during pregnancy?

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Dr. Lauren Phillips
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Beans and greens!: Here are some iron rich foods: red meat (make sure it is well cooked) egg yolks (cooked) dark, leafy greens (spinach, collards) dried fruit (prunes, raisins) iron-enriched cereals and grains turkey or chicken giblets beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans artichokes.
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Why do I need extra iron in pregnancy?

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Baby: The developing baby needs a lot of iron. It gets this iron from the mother's iron stores. As a result a pregnant woman can become iron depleted. An adult multivitamin has an iron supplement in it.
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What forms of iron are safe during pregnant? Hemocrit level is 9.0

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Sure ?: Must be Hemoglobin. If HCT is and you are pregnant.......you should be in a hospital.......

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