Saturday, March 31, 2018

7 Ways to Avoid Anaemia During Pregnancy

  Hamza Ali       Saturday, March 31, 2018


A mother-to-be must is always eating for two.

Anaemia is a common concern during pregnancy since your body needs double the amount of iron as your baby is completely dependent on you for its entire blood supply. However, preventing anaemia during pregnancy is as easy as changing, or making additions, to your diet.The first and foremost thing your doctor will check for is anaemia symptoms like nutritional deficiencies and basis that, your diet and supplements will be prescribed.
1. Know the source:Lean red meats and poultry, eggs and dark leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and spinach, nuts and seeds along with beans, lentils and tofu are all iron rich foods that must be consumed in adequate quantities. Gorge on these so the absorption of healthy iron in your blood stream is improved while your dependence on supplements is reduced.
2. Supplement your diet: While seeking advice from your medical specialist beforehand is essential, it is common knowledge that supplementing your diet with iron, vitamins and especially folic acid is important to fight anaemia in pregnancy. A doctor may advise taking combined iron and folic acid supplements prior to pregnancy.Amaranth greens and dandelion root are reliable herbal alternatives.
3. Folic acid is crucial:Consuming 400 micrograms of folic acid in pregnancy is important to reduce the risk of giving birth to a child with spina bifida. Foods rich in folic acid include beans, muesli, broccoli, beef, Brussels sprouts and asparagus.Women planning a pregnancy routinely take folic acid supplements for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, preferably starting before conception based on their doctors advice.
4. Don’t forget your vitamins:Foods that are high in vitamin C can actually help the body absorb more iron. Vitamin C rich foods include citrus fruits and juices, strawberries, oranges, kiwis, tomatoes and bell peppers.
5. Must-have nutrient-rich food:Look for foods that give you the necessary iron boost. A glass of beetroot, apple and carrot juice every morning will work wonders for your health.Dried potato peels can be baked, grilled or toasted to make a delicious yet healthy snack.Eating ripe bananas mixed with honey twice daily is believed to increase the levels of haemoglobin. 
6. Cook with caution:Your method of cooking can render your seemingly iron-rich foods devoid of nutrients. It is recommended to have iron-rich foods raw instead of cooked since cooking is known to deplete the iron content by half. However, cooking in cast iron vessels can also add 50-80% iron content to food.
7. Kick bad habits:Your doctor will have advised you to follow a healthy lifestyle and eliminate everything that can harm your baby. Tea, coffee, cigarettes, alcohol inhibit the absorption of iron. They can also cause other medical complications so it is best to avoid them and instead, have herbal tea, fresh fruit/vegetable juices or water. Also what to eat during pregnancy, so that you and your child get optimum nutrition.
Move over Robert Downey Junior, there’s an Iron Woman in town!
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