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Thursday, August 31, 2017


Pregnancy Over 40 May Be More Susceptible To Anemia

Pregnant women may be more susceptible to anemia.  Your actual blood volume can increase up to 50% during your pregnancy.
 Because of the additional blood volume, more iron is necessary to manufacture hemoglobin.  Anemia in severe cases can lead to growth problems in your baby, premature birth and low birth weight.  Women over 40 may be more likely to get anemia and pregnancy could exacerbate this.

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Avoid Anemia In Pregnancy By Eating the Right Foods 

Anemia in pregnancy can be avoided if you eat the right foods. This article gives some suggestions on what you can eat to get the right amounts of Folate, B12 and Iron:

From the article:

The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of iron during pregnancy is 30 mgs. Here are some foods rich in iron. 

Foods that provide 0.5-1.5mgs of iron-

Chicken, 3 ounces 

Green peas, 1/2 cup 

Tomato juice, 6 ounces 

Broccoli, 1/2 cup 

Brussels sprouts, 1/2 cup cooked 

Whole wheat bread, 1 slice 

Dried apricots, 5 halves 

Raspberries, 1 cup 

Strawberries, 1 cup

Foods that provide 1.6-3mgs of iron-

Sirloin steak, 3 ounces 

Roast beef, 3 ounces 

Lean hamburger, 3 ounces 

Baked potato with skin 

Kidney beans, 1/2 cup cooked 

Lima beans, 1/2 cup cooked 

Navy beans, 1/2 cup cooked 

Oatmeal, 1 cup cooked 

Raisins, 1/2 cup

Foods that provide 3-12mgs of iron-

Clams, 4 large or 9 small 

Oysters, 6 medium 

Spinach, 1/2 cup cooked

Fortified cereal, 1 cup

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