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why should you take a multiviatmin without iron if you have anemia?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 73 years experience
If the anemia: Is due to iron deficiency----O.K. If it is due to another cause it is not. Iron is potentially harmful and should be under doctor advice.

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Is it ok to eat iron-fortified foods while breastfeeding?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Yes: It is great to eat a diet rich in iron while breastfeeding. Making sure you do not become iron-deficient is very important to prevent your baby from developing iron. If your doctor has prescribed you an iron supplement for anemia, that is very safe to do as well.
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Will breastfeeding diminish my iron supply?

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Dr. Thad Woodard
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: Yes, breastfeeding provides nutrition to the infant, including iron. If the mother isn't replacing the iron the infant is taking she will be at risk of becoming iron deficient.
A 37-year-old member asked:

Should I plan on resting if I have anemia?

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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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No: It really depends on how severe your anemia is. Anemia is very common in pregnancy. The baby takes your iron stores. Also there is more water in your blood vessels so your blood count looks lower. Take your vitamins, eat lots of greens. Most women are not affected by the typical drop in their blood count and can function.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What are good sources of iron during pregnancy?

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Dr. Lauren Phillips
Obstetrics and Gynecology 15 years experience
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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A 33-year-old female asked:

Please interpret mcv=74.50, mchb=24.40 and platelet count is 482. Could this be a sign of anemia?

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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Hematology and Oncology 38 years experience
Microcytic Anemia: The red blood cell (rbc) indices MCV & MCH reflect the size of the red cell and the amount of hemoglobin (oxygen-carrying protein-iron complex) inside the rbc. Iron deficiency is the most common cause of low MCV & MCH often associated with microcytic (small sized cells) anemia. The platelet count also is elevated in many cases of iron deficiency anemia.

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