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How to Increase Hemoglobin During Pregnancy Tips & Insights

How to Increase Hemoglobin During Pregnancy: Tips & Insights

| 23 Aug 2023 | 3198 Views |

Introduction

Hey there, lovely mom-to-be! Pregnancy can be a whirlwind, right? From the excitement of baby kicks to the not-so-fun morning sickness, there’s a lot to handle. One common concern during this special period? Hemoglobin levels. Now, if you’re thinking, “Hemo-what?”, don’t fret. We’re about to dive deep into this topic and explore ways to boost your hemoglobin levels during pregnancy. Brought to you by the fertility experts at India IVF Fertility, with clinics in Delhi, Noida, and Gurgaon.

How to Increase Hemoglobin During Pregnancy

Intake of Vitamin C

Citrus fruits are not just about that tangy kick. Vitamin C plays a pivotal role in enhancing the body’s ability to absorb iron, essential for hemoglobin production. So, squeeze some oranges, lemons, or indulge in strawberries!

Exercise

Sure, you might feel like a waddling penguin right now, but trust us, a bit of light exercise can do wonders. It promotes circulation, ensuring your body efficiently utilizes the iron it receives.

Beetroot

Mama, be ready to paint the town red, or at least your salads and juices. Beetroot is a powerhouse, boosting both hemoglobin and overall health. They’re nature’s candy with benefits!

Consumption of Green Leafy Vegetables

Spinach, kale, and fenugreek – no, we’re not making a green smoothie, but we’re talking about foods packed with iron and folic acid. A delightful way to give your hemoglobin that upward nudge.

Proteins

Your body is a temple, and protein acts as its pillars, especially during pregnancy. Eggs, tofu, lentils, and lean meats not only amp up the hemoglobin but also ensure baby’s robust development.

Level of Iron

We can’t stress this enough: iron is the star of the show when talking about hemoglobin. Consider iron supplements, but remember to consult with a healthcare expert.

Amla

Who knew this tiny green fruit could be a hemoglobin hero? Amla, or Indian gooseberry, rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, is a fantastic addition to your diet.

The Causes of Low Hemoglobin Levels in Pregnant Women

The nine-month journey isn’t always smooth sailing. Some causes of low hemoglobin during pregnancy include:

  • Increased blood volume.
  • Dilution of blood due to a rise in plasma.
  • Nutritional deficiencies.
  • Chronic diseases or infections.
  • Genetic disorders.

Risks of a Low Hemoglobin Level in Pregnant Women

It’s not just about numbers on a report. Low hemoglobin levels pose risks like:

  • Fatigue and weakness.
  • Breathlessness.
  • Paleness.
  • Increased susceptibility to infections.
  • Complications during childbirth.

Conclusion

Navigating through pregnancy requires a sprinkle of caution, a dash of care, and heaps of information. Boosting hemoglobin is just one of the many aspects of ensuring a healthy journey for both mom and baby. Always keep in touch with your healthcare provider, and remember, India IVF Fertility, with branches in Delhi, Noida, and Gurgaon, is here to support you every baby step of the way!

FAQs

Hemoglobin is a protein in the red blood cells responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body.

It supplies oxygen to the fetus and supports the added blood volume in pregnant women.

Yes, it can lead to premature birth or low birth weight.

Regularly, as advised by your healthcare provider.

Generally, yes. But always consult with a healthcare expert.

With branches in Delhi, Noida, and Gurgaon, they offer comprehensive pregnancy and fertility solutions.

Green leafy vegetables, lentils, meats, and seeds are some examples.

Light exercises are beneficial, but always consult your doctor.

It boosts the body's ability to absorb iron.

With a balanced diet and regular check-ups, you can manage and potentially prevent low hemoglobin levels.

About The Author
Dr. Richika Sahay

MBBS (Gold Medalist), DNB (Obst & Gyne), MNAMS, MRCOG (London-UK), Fellow IVF, Fellow MAS, Infertility (IVF) Specialist & Gynae Laparoscopic surgeon,[Ex AIIMS & Sir Gangaram Hospital, New Delhi]. Read more

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