What is anemia?

During pregnancy, the pregnant woman sees her amount of blood increase to ensure a good distribution of nutrients throughout the body. If certain elements are not present in sufficient quantity, it may develop anemia.

In the early pregnancy, among the many tests performed, the doctor checks that the pregnant woman is not deficient in iron. Indeed, the iron whose role is decisive, for both the mother and the baby, is essential and besides, the needs increase during the weeks. But the only source of iron is food. In order not to miss, it is necessary to make sure to consume foods that contain it (discover our diaporama of foods rich in iron). But sometimes the diet does not sufficiently provide for the needs of the pregnant woman who may therefore find herself deficient.

During pregnancy, certain elements in the distribution of blood cells may change, and minor physiological changes in the blood count can be noted.

During this period, the overall amount of blood increases, and the requirements for components of red blood cells also increase. If some are not present in sufficient quantities, net anemia may develop. It is most often related to iron deficiency, and sometimes to folic acid deficiency.

Anemia during pregnancy is favored by twin pregnancies, repeated pregnancies, urinary tract infections and certain medications. Treatment and prevention are based on the prescription of iron and folic acid.

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