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How much iron do I need if I am pregnant?

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Rishi Kumar
Anesthesiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Rishi Kumar
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Dr. Christopher Powers
15-30mg/day is generally what's in a prenatal vitamin. If anemic, may need an additional supplement
Dr. David Dang
Radiology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. David Dang
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