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Anemia During Pregnancy
Anemia is a decrease in your blood cell count, and/or a decreased hemoglobin content in the blood. Since red blood cells are the ones responsible, for carrying oxygen to the cells via the hemoglobin, a lower amount, would mean low oxygen in all your body's tissues, and if you are pregnant your baby gets less oxygen as well. Anemia can be cause by blood loss, which means that not enough red cells are being produce, or that too many red cells are being killed off. During pregnancy, the blood volume in your baby increases by about 40%. Most women during their pregnancy become anemic, because their bodies are not producing enough red cells, and it is usually cause by a nutritional deficiency. Late in the second trimester, the hematocrit decreases, but this does not make you anemic. Hematocrit is the percentage of red blood cell volume of the total blood volume. Usually, anemia is due to iron deficiency, but also can be caused by not having enough Vitamin B12; B6; Folic acid; and/or copper in your system. During your pregnancy blood counts will be done, that will help to determine what vitamins or nutrients you are lacking; but in some cases more specific test are needed. These might include blood work for Iron; Vitamin B12; Ferritin; Iron binding capacity, and folic acid levels. Just taking Iron it not always the answer, that's why it's important to find out the real cause of Anemia from blood test. Anemia has the following symptoms:
You feel fatigued.
Your skin looks white, as well as your gums and around your eyes. If you have Anemia at the time of delivery you will be at risk of loosing excessive blood thus going into shock. Also your baby may have low amounts of Iron stored for the first month of life.
It's very important to get the proper nutrients into the body. Eating a diet rich in cereals, rice, pastas, dairy products (milk, yogurt and cheese), vegetables and fruits, meat, poultry and fish, and finally dry beans, eggs, and nuts. Has been proven to help boost the immune system. Make sure you are eating plenty of iron rich food, such as, liver, green leafy vegetable, beets, dried fruits, bran flake, oysters, brown rice, lentils and molasses, raisins, prunes; breads and pastas made from hole grain flour. Avoid drinking coffee, tea and ingesting antacids, because they decrease iron absorption. Try to cook in iron pots; it is proven that doing it can significantly increases the amount of iron in your foods. During your pregnancy it's important to take the correct vitamins that will help you and your baby to be healthy. Here are the following required during this period:
1/2 to 1 tsp. of the tincture of Yellow dock root three times daily, or
We recommend this Iron tablets Manganese is helpful for protein and fat metabolism, healthy nerves, immune system and blood sugar regulation. Manganese is essential for people with iron deficiency anemias. Manganese deficiencies may lead to atherosclerosis, confusion, eye problems, hearing problems, heart disorders, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, pancreatic damage, rapid pulse, tooth-grinding, memory loss, tremors, and a tendency to breast ailments.
S If the cause of anemia is due to loss of blood or fluids take China.
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