Many women today who are overeating fast foods and processed foods do not get the necessary iron and folic acid in their diets to maintain adequate red blood cells. When pregnancy occurs there is an increased need for these cells to carry the oxygen and nutrients to the baby. The baby will take what it needs from mom and if she doesn’t have enough left over for herself she will become anemic. She may notice that she feels tired, short of breath, has headaches, feels feint, feels cold or is just more lethargic. Your health care provider will check you for anemia at your first prenatal visit and again at 26-28 weeks gestation and add extra iron supplementation to your daily vitamins if needed.
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