Anemia is commonly met during pregnancy. It means that there is lack of red blood cells in the mother’s blood. During pregnancy, more blood is produced by the body in order to provide a healthy growth of a baby. In case of the deficit of certain nutrients and iron, the amount of the red blood cells is not enough.
Pregnant women often experience mild anemia, which is quite normal. However, severe anemia may induce fatigue, dizziness, and even preterm delivery.
What are anemia symptoms?
If a pregnant woman has light anemia, she may not even notice any unpleasant symptoms. And some symptoms are just similar to ones happening during the entire period of the pregnancy.
Here are anemia symptoms that are often diagnosed:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Excessive fatigue
- Pale lips, skin, and nails
- Respiratory distress
- Poor concentration
Some symptoms are not obvious during the early stage of anemia. So, it is better to take blood tests to detect anemia during the pregnancy. Also, make sure to consult a doctor in order to find out a type of anemia.
If a pregnant woman is diagnosed anemia, she may be suggested iron supplements, or/and folic acid supplements along with prenatal vitamins. A physician may also recommend taking food rich in folic acid, and iron. Moreover, animal foods should be added to the menu. These are: eggs, meat, and dairy products.
Also, it is very important to take blood tests in some period of time. In this case, your physician will know how the level of hematocrit and hemoglobin is improved.
If a pregnant woman still do not feel better, her obstetrician may refer her to a doctor specializing in anemia. Hematologist will help to overcome all negative anemia symptoms during the entire pregnancy.
Compiled using information from https://www.mayoclinic.org and Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy ( HarperCollins Publishers Inc. ).