Anaemia in pregnancy

Anaemia is a physiological (healthy) adaptation to pregnancy and is caused by the dilution of your blood. If you - or your midwife - are concerned by anaemia, consider dietary changes – eat food rich in iron (dark green leafy vegetables, red meat, whole grains, dried fruit, parsley, watercress). Avoid tea and coffee. Supplements – make sure these contain iron and Vitamin C. Some brands can cause constipation. In this case, try Floradix (a liquid form) or FAB Co (tablet form) or Spatone. Herbal supplements include nettle, peppermint, blackcurrant and parsley tea. If anaemia is severe, your midwife may ask to do additional blood tests to determine the cause of anaemia.

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