Pregnancy and the Risk for Iron Deficiency
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Pregnancy and the Risk for Iron Deficiency

The risks posed by iron deficiency to certain age groups most especially to women, young childred and pregnant women

Iron is an essential mineral needed by the body in order to function properly. This is because iron helps in carrying oxygen to all parts of the body. Also, Iron helps with the proper usage of oxygen, neural development and the overall function of all cells that composes the human body. The lack of iron poses some health problems although these are not readily seen. The effect of lack of iron includes lack of focus at work, low endurance, behavioral changes, lower body resistance, loss of appetite and decreased cerebral functions. Thus it is important that people take in the recommended daily dietary allowance for iron.

Young children, women of child bearing age and pregnant women are most especially prone to iron deficiency. Young children need an additional amount of iron especially during infancy and toddler years because this phase where rapid growth occurs. Iron deficiency in young children will result to a delay in the development of normal activity and movement of a child. This deficiency in iron may also result to a delay in the child’s proper mental development or the ability for normal thinking and processing of information.

Women who are within the child bearing age are also at risk for iron deficiency due to menstruation especially for those who experience heavy blood flow. Due to the loss of blood, women will also lose iron. Iron deficiency in women of child bearing age will result to memory loss, lower stamina, low energy and lack of concentration.

Pregnant women are also at risk for iron deficiency. Because of the additional iron requirement of the fetus being carried by the mother, it is imperative that a pregnant woman must meet her recommended daily allowance for iron. Pregnancy requires an increased iron intake in order to restore the iron being lost due to normal physical activities as well as to allow for the mass of the red blood cells to expand. The additional iron requirement is also to provide for the iron requirement leading to the placenta and for the proper development of fetal bone tissues. Iron deficiency in a pregnant woman will result to pre-term deliveries and small babies that are prone to health conditions and are likely to die in their first year of life.

A pregnant woman’s diet should therefore include foods that are rich in iron to ensure health of both the mother and the baby within. Good sources of iron include clams, liver, giblets, white beans, kidney beans, beef, chickpeas, lamb, shrimp, lima beans and tomatoes among others. To aid in the better absorption of iron by the body, a pregnant woman should also include in her diet those foods that are rich in Vitamin C.


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This is a important article especially for pregnant woman to read. Well done. Voted up.