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Pregnancy is an important period where the main hormonal, immune and brain systems are being developed. During this time, the foundations of life-long physical and mental health are being laid, and adequate nutrition is central to healthy stress and emotion-regulation systems. Diet during pregnancy – and even well before conception – is an important target for promoting both future physical and mental health. Iron is one of the most important element during pregnancy. Here are some facts of why mum-to-be need enough iron during pregnancy.
When you are pregnant, you need more Iron to support the increased maternal red blood cell mass. This supplies your growing baby and his or her placenta in the third trimester, your baby needs to build enough Iron stores to last the first six months of his or her life. This will help your baby be healthy after birth and reduce his or her chance of an Iron deficiency.
Iron is necessary for the development of red blood cells and haemoglobin. These carry oxygen around the body so if you have a low red blood cell count (anaemia) then you may feel tired and lethargic.
When you are pregnant your blood volume increases and the baby’s blood is forming so a diet high in iron is important.