I've just been reading an article about anemia during pregnancy and it said pregnant women need 30mg of iron each day. My pregnancy supplements only contain 14mg and I'm not eating much meat/veg due to morning sickness (but as it takes about 100g chicken breast to get just 1mg of iron, I'm not sure diet would make up the extra 16mg anyway). Should I be taking an additional iron supplement?
I'm not sure about another iron supplement on top of your pregnancy vitamins. I'd talk to your doctor/midwife before you take anything else.
Foods that are high in iron include leafy greens (spinach, kale, etc), beef, and broccoli. Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron, so drink a glass of orange juice with them. Once you can stomach eating again, of course!
Yes, yes, yes! My mw has been on me about this, not for baby, as baby takes what it needs, but for you. The biggest effect you'll see is how tired you are without it, and it can cause low birth weight and early labor. She said it can cause baby to be still born if you are extremely low on it, but I think as long as you are getting some that is not something to even worry about. But I figure I'd rather take it than risk anything!
It does seem wierd that a pregnancy vitamin would be so much lower than the recommended daily amount (especially as it says 14mg is 100% of the RDA, which it seems is only correct for non pregnant women). Maybe its just these supplements, they're the Boots 'Mum to Be Plus' ones. I'll have a look at some of the branded ones to see if there's much difference. Then blame OH for buying me the wrong ones
I live in the US, but a lot of ours are the same, you have to read it and you'll find some that have the right amount of iron. Some do not, as with folic acid and I really don't understand, but I know it can be hard on your body, so maybe for women who eat plenty of red meat, they just need less? But you can always take a separate iron supplement, that is what my mw told me to do, on top of the prenatal.
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