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Did you know that the average woman needs 15mg of iron a day, but while you are pregnant you will need about twice that, 30 mg, per day?
Iron is essential for the production of the protein in your red blood cells, which carries oxygen to other cells. This protein is called hemoglobin.
When you're pregnant, you have about 50 percent more blood volume than usual. Therefore, you need more iron to make more hemoglobin. You also need extra iron for your baby and placenta.
Below, you will find some foods that are rich in iron.
- Red Meat
- Dried Fruit
- Dark Leafy Greens
You may have heard that liver is a great source of iron, but it also contains unsafe levels of vitamin A and should be avoided during pregnancy. Also, the iron in vegetables is best absorbed when foods rich in vitamin C are eaten in the same meal.
It may be hard to get enough iron from your diet alone. If you are worried that you aren't getting enough iron from your normal diet, you should ask your physician if an iron supplement may be right for you.