Researchers from Wenzhou Medical College in China recently published
a report on the status of neonatal iron deficiency in newborns born to
mothers with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).
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.
Researchers recently published a
cohort study on the possible impact on iron intake and haemoglobin
levels in early pregnancy on the risk of developing gestational
TIBC or total iron-binding capacity is a blood test ordered when a patient is thought to have high or low iron levels. If iron levels are higher than normal, TIBC levels will be low. If iron levels are lower than normal, TIBC levels will be high.
In terms of blood testing, the transferring and TIBC test measure the same thing – though the tests are different. Transferrin is a protein that transports iron through the blood stream. TIBC, on the other hand, measures iron ready for binding to transferrin.
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.
aResearchers are now regularly reporting health conditions, birth complications and long-term health outcomes that affect infants born to overweight and obese mothers.
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Iron supplements are typically given to women who suffer
from anemia during pregnancy. Anemia is a condition characterized by low
blood iron levels.
Pregnant women may be missing out on important nutrients if they go “G-free” gluten free during pregnancy without the getting the right advice.
A new study suggests that pregnant women are twice as likely to be iron deficient than non-pregnant women, and the number of pregnant women with inadequate iron stores was higher than expected.
Each year about 350,000 women die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth complications. This number is in addition to the more than 7 million children who die before reaching the age of 5.
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.
Figs are rich in iron and fiber. A recent list of the 100 healthiest foods to eat during pregnancy included figs, which means there has to be something to eating them in something other than figgy pudding.
Chicken Katsu is a popular dish at Japanese and Hawaiian restaurants. Instead of consuming massive amounts of sodium why not create your own healthy version of Chicken Katsu at home with fortified cornflakes?
Iron toxicity is mostly a problem for children, but the adult body will only utilize so much iron.
Consumption of diet with iron supplements and nonheme iron from other sources may decrease the risk of ovulatory infertility.