Iron deficiency in Pregnancy: this was a topic requested by one of my colleagues and it’s a very important topic that I find is missed by a lot of care providers. When you are pregnant, your body has a higher demand for iron because your body increases its blood volume. Therefore, iron deficiency anemia is common in pregnancy. Low iron in pregnancy is associated with higher risk of preterm birth, poor growth of the fetus and depression in moms. Iron is standard in most prenatal vitamins, but it may not be enough. Therefore, your doctor should check your hemoglobin and ferritin levels during pregnancy to make sure they are normal. If they aren’t, your doctor may put you on a therapeutic dose of iron. For my colleagues, a ferritin<30ug/L, according to SOGC (Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada), at any time during pregnancy requires therapeutic iron supplementation.
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