Iron is an important nutrient in a healthy diet. It plays a crucial role in blood production. To be more specific, it helps our red blood cells transport oxygen to all parts of our body. It is one of the important elements, essential for life.
If you are planning to enjoy a healthy pregnancy, the first step you need to take is to plan a healthy diet, full of nutrients. And, Iron must be an important nutrient in your pregnancy diet.
Iron-deficient diet may lead you to many pregnancy complications. It may affect negatively on both the health of the mother and the growing baby.
Necessity of supplements of nutrients such as Iron and Vitamin is usually decided by the Obstetrician based on his or her assessment of the existing nutritional status of the pregnant woman. If clinical findings of some of these minerals and vitamins (based on blood or urine tests) suggest deficiency then it is indicative of the necessity for supplementation. Otherwise, these supplements are not to be considered as over the counter medications.
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Iron supplements offer many benefits to a pregnant mommy. Some of them are:
- It reduces the intensity of anaemia during pregnancy. Iron-deficiency anemia during pregnancy causes preterm delivery, low birth weight, and infant mortality. But, taking Iron supplements according to the doctor’s prescription can put you away from Anemia.
- It improves immunity. The effect of Iron on immunity is twofold. Lack of Iron in the human body can make the immune system dysfunction.
- It helps in better transport of oxygen to the baby. The iron in haemoglobin binds to inhaled oxygen molecules and transports them to every cell in your body.
- It helps in preventing excessive tiredness. Lack of Iron in your diet can cause you tiredness or low energy. Taking iron for energy can be a simple solution if done correctly and under your doctor’s guidance.
Iron gets absorbed better when taken along with a Vitamin C source. It is advised to take Iron and Calcium at different times and not combine them.
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A good nutrition is imperative for a pregnant woman in order to optimize maternal health, reduce the risk of birth defects and for the betterment of foetal outcome. So, be careful with your food plan and try adding all the nutrients to your diet as much as possible.