Does iron deficiency anemia (IDA) during pregnancy affect the mental
development of the fetus? Researchers from United Nations Children’s
Fund Office for China recently completed a study claims there is a
connection between the two.
IDA or iron deficiency anemia
is common during pregnancy. Treating pregnant women with iron
supplements is a viable option to reduce or cure the anemia and prevent
negative side effects on the pregnancy, fetus and mother.
Red cell distribution width is a measurement of variation between red
blood cells sizes. There should be an even distribution of immature and
mature /small and large red blood cells.
The serum iron test simply measures the amount of iron in the blood. Iron is needed to produce red blood cells. The body will store excess iron for use when food sources of iron don’t provide enough during any given period.
Iron supplements are typically given to women who suffer
from anemia during pregnancy. Anemia is a condition characterized by low
blood iron levels.
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When clamping the umbilical cord, doctors should wait a full three
minutes after birth to reduce the risk of iron deficiency later in life.
A study published in BMJ supports waiting to clamp the umbilical cord.
For some women, the thought of pregnancy weight gain may be difficult enough that they attempt to diet in pregnancy. It is unsafe to diet in pregnancy, though weight loss is not dangerous in some cases, as was once thought.
Postpartum hemorrhage or bleeding is defined as the loss of more than 500 mL of blood after delivery. Postpartum hemorrhage occurs in up to 1 in 5 births.
Anemia is defined as not having enough red blood cells. During pregnancy, blood is usually tested at the first prenatal visit and then again at the beginning of the third trimester.
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