Iron deficiency anemia is a type of anemia caused by an insufficient amount of iron in the body.
During pregnancy, your body’s iron needs increase greatly, especially starting in the second trimester. In India, over 50% of all pregnant women have anemia, the majority of which is due to lack of iron. (WHO/NHD/01.3).
There are various ways by which we can tackle iron deficiency anemia during pregnancy:
1. Iron rich diet - Make sure your diet comprises of foods which give you enough iron & folic acid. Here’s a list of top iron rich foods you can choose during pregnancy.
PROS : It’s always beneficial to have an iron rich diet to keep you energetic during pregnancy.
CONS : Your diet alone might not be sufficient for your increased iron demand during pregnancy. (Iron demands increase up to 3 times during this time).
2. Iron Pills - Different combinations of iron and folic acid fortified capsules/tablets serve as common supplements. An additional supplement/tablet of Vitamin C helps in increased absorption of iron.
PROS : They taste better than other options sometimes and are culturally accepted.
PROS : They fulfil the iron needs for anemic patients and are clinically tested as well as trusted by doctors.
CONS : Injections are a painful experience for some patients and this alternative is sometimes expensive.
6. MamaBix - Special iron and folic acid biscuits which can fulfil pregnant women’s daily iron needs. They also contain added Vitamin C for increased absorption of iron.
Having a baby is a blessing which comes with happiness and responsibility. Your and your baby's health during pregnancy depends on the foods you eat and their nutrients. Essential during pregnancy is iron - truly a shakti nutrient!
If you prefer a nutritious iron supplement like MamaBix, speak with your doctor!