Anaemia is a condition in which there are not enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to the tissues in the body.
You’re at a high risk of developing anaemia during pregnancy if you;
- Have two pregnancies close together.
- Have a heavy pre-pregnancy menstrual flow.
- Do not consume enough foods that are rich in iron.
- Are vomiting frequently during morning sickness.
- Are pregnant with more than one child.
- Had anaemia before you got pregnant
- Are a pregnant teenager
Symptoms of anaemia during pregnancy
- Rapid heartbeat
- Trouble concentrating
- Feeling excessively tired or weak
- Shortness of breath
- Cold hands and feet
- Having cravings for non –food items like clay, dirt or corn-starch.
- Feeling light-headedness.
- Becoming pale.
Sources: American Society of Haematology and WebMD
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