When you’re expecting, you need extra iron to nourish your growing baby. If you don't get enough iron from your diet or supplements, you can become deficient.
The main symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include :
Clinically, the classic laboratory findings of iron deficiency anemia include a decrease in the hemoglobin (Hb) level, serum iron concentration, serum transferrin saturation, and serum ferritin level, and an increase in total iron-binding capacity.
To get technical, a serum ferritin concentration <30 μg/L together with an Hb concentration <11 g/dL during the 1st trimester, <10.5 g/dL during the 2nd trimester, and <11 g/dL during the 3rd trimester are diagnostic for anemia during pregnancy. (Api, Breyman, Cetiner)
Anemia affects more than 1.5 billion people worldwide according to WHO. Also, Anemia in India is an epidemic.
Iron deficiency Anemia can have severe effects on maternal and fetal health including post-birth effects on the infant as well. Therefore, ensure you include iron rich foods in your diet and iron supplements (Check MamaBix) to make your pregnancy healthier and happier!