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Is anemia very common after giving birth to a baby?

Is anemia very common after giving birth to a baby?

Not common, not rare: If you are referring to the mother i would say yes it is not uncommon. The baby receives almost all of its iron from the mother. As a woman loses blood with menses she may be low on iron to start a pregnancy (which is one reason they give prenatal vitamins); after losing additional iron to the baby the mother may become iron deficient which leads to anemia. ...Read more

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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


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What are some ways to treat anemia after giving birth?

What are some ways to treat anemia after giving birth?

Usually iron: The most common cause of anemia in this setting is iron defficiency caused by blood loss. Iron rich foods include red meats, spinach, beans, and other vegetables. Some people don't absorb iron taken by mouth and require im or IV iron preporations. Many other causes of defficient red cell numbers exist, so if not responding, one should be worked up by their physician. ...Read more

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What can I do to take care of anemia after giving birth to a baby?

What can I do to take care of anemia after giving birth to a baby?

Provided.....: The delivery is uncomplicated, your OB will likely have you continue your prenatal vitamins and will check a CBC in the postnatal period. Fluid shifts after pregnancy also help to reverse the dilution all anemia as well. A balanced diet, which i would recommend to anyone, should also help. Work with your drs and you should be fine. ...Read more

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What are natural ways to treat anemia due to giving birth to a baby?

What are natural ways to treat anemia due to giving birth to a baby?

Iron rich foods: Anemia in pregnancy is common. Iron deficiency anemia, not enough iron for you and the growing fetus, is the most common cause. A prenatal vitamin can help supplement the nutrients needed. A diet high in iron rich foods (red meat, beans, clams, scallops, green veggies, artichokes, enriched cereals, liver..) help. Also foods rich in vitamin c (citrus fruits, juices) help iron absorbtion. ...Read more

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Natural ways to treat/cure anemia (as a result of giving birth to a baby)?

Natural ways to treat/cure anemia (as a result of giving birth to a baby)?

Iron supplements: Iron supplements are the best way to correct anemia from childbirth. Other ways to supplement iron naturally is to eat red meats, and other foods rich in iron, such as spinach. Also prenatal vitamins with iron ensure that you get enough Folic Acid and minerals. ...Read more

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I have high blood pressure / anemia, I recently had blood and platelet transfusion after giving birth. I have horizontal ridges on 10 hand nails?

Beau's lines: horizontal ridges in nails are known as Beau's lines and often indicate an interruption of the nail growth for a period of time. This growth lapse is usually due to significant illness or malnutrition but possibly could reflect severe anemia for a period of time. If health maintained the lines should grow out over time ...Read more

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Can anemia kill you?

Rarely: It can , esp if hemoglobin levels are very low. ...Read more

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Does birth control affect my anemia?

Does birth control affect my anemia?

What is the cause?: What is the cause of anemia? If anemia is caused by heavy, irregular period due to dysfunctional uterine bleeding - then oral birth control pill is actually something that can be tried by your gyne to regulate or stop the bleeding so that your anemia will not get worse. Otherwise, if anemia is caused by other cause-birth control pill will not affect your anemia significantly. ...Read more