Iron deficiency during pregnancy

March 18, 2018

In the last trimester of your pregnancy your body makes more red blood cells in order to supply enough for you and your baby. Iron cannot be made by your body and must be absorbed from the foods you eat. Iron is found in many foods but is hard to absorb, making it difficult for your body to get enough to meet its needs during pregnancy. When you don’t have enough iron in your diet you make fewer red blood cells, which is called anemia. Iron deficiency anemia is very common and is easy to correct.

Symptoms of iron deficiency

  • Fatigue and weakness are the most common symptoms of severe anemia
  • shortness of breath
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • pale complexion
  • palpitations
  • chest pain
  • irritability or poor concentration
  • restless leg syndrome
  • leg cramps
  • pale lips, inner eyelids and inside of your mouth
  • spoon shaped nails
  • glossy tongue
  • cracks in the corner of your mouth

Mild iron deficiency that goes untreated and becomes more severe during pregnancy especially in the first two trimesters is linked to an increased risk of a baby being born with a low birth weight.

Having severe iron deficiency anemia  may even increase the risk of stillbirth and newborn death.

Surfcoast massage is qualified and experienced in pregnancy massage and will be able to suggest and identify what can help you during pregnancy. Surfcoast massage is located in Torquay and Jan Juc and can be contacted on 0438668878. Call and speak to Lisa about your pregnancy massage and if there any concerns to discuss them with her.