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I just found out im animic and pregnant, how can I take care of it so it doesn't get worse?

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Danielle Jones
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Vitamins & good diet

Iron deficiency anemia is very common in pregnancy.
In addition to taking daily prenatal vitamins, pregnant women with iron-deficiency anemia should eat iron-rich foods like beef, soy beans (edamame), and spinach. Also, the doctor may prescribe an iron supplement which should be taken with water or orange juice (vitamin c helps absorption), but not with milk (calcium may decrease iron absorption).

In brief: Vitamins & good diet

Iron deficiency anemia is very common in pregnancy.
In addition to taking daily prenatal vitamins, pregnant women with iron-deficiency anemia should eat iron-rich foods like beef, soy beans (edamame), and spinach. Also, the doctor may prescribe an iron supplement which should be taken with water or orange juice (vitamin c helps absorption), but not with milk (calcium may decrease iron absorption).
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Jin Packard
Avoid coffee & tea, they reduce iron uptake. Also, get folate (some pills have both iron & folate).
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: See your Ob

Anemia in pregnancy must be diagnosed, find ou d what is causing it and treated appropriately.
Only your physician can do that. Your obstetrician may want you to see an internist or hematologist to assist in your care.

In brief: See your Ob

Anemia in pregnancy must be diagnosed, find ou d what is causing it and treated appropriately.
Only your physician can do that. Your obstetrician may want you to see an internist or hematologist to assist in your care.
Dr. Peter Kurzweil
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Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine
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In brief: Healthy diet

Sources of iron - egg yolk, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado.
Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts.

In brief: Healthy diet

Sources of iron - egg yolk, molasses, raisin bran, raisins, prunes, dried apricots, figs, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans, lentils, split green peas, enriched cereals, enriched macaroni, spinach, greens, broccoli, lima beans, avocado.
Cook in a cast iron pan. The following foods can help your body absorb iron better: orange, cantaloupe, strawberries, grapefruit, broccoli, brussels sprouts.
Dr. Maritza Baez
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