Last updated: September 15, 2022, 6:24 PM IST
Pregnancy is a special milestone in a woman’s life. But women’s bodies go through many changes during pregnancy. Such a change takes place in their heartbeat. A pregnant woman’s heart beats faster than normal to nourish the developing fetus in her womb. Because of this, the body sees a 30 to 50 percent increase in blood volume. To keep up with the increased blood volume, it is crucial for women to increase their intake of iron and folic acid.
According to the American Pregnancy Association, a lack of enough red blood cells (RBCs) can cause anemia. The main cause of anemia in women is iron deficiency. While mild anemia during pregnancy is common due to increased blood volume, severe anemia can be dangerous for both the mother and baby.
Some of the symptoms of iron deficiency during pregnancy include:
1. Fast heart rate
2. Shortness of breath
4. Difficulty Concentrating
6. Chest Pain
7. Cold hands and feet
9. Pale Skin
Do not attempt to self-diagnose if you think you may be anemic. But there are ways to cure it at home without consuming supplements. To improve your fitness, you should include iron-rich foods in your diet.
If none of these methods work and your condition continues to worsen over time, see a doctor. They may prescribe some synthetic iron supplements that may improve your condition. In very rare scenarios, pregnant women may need to have a blood transfusion to increase iron levels in their bodies.
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