The importance of iron in your pregnancy
Low in iron can make you feel very tired and can cause problems later on, so it’s worth checking your levels
Pregnancy brings with it an element of tiredness, after all you are growing a little human inside you. But if you are feeling really tired, it’s worth getting your iron levels checked. It’s easy to run low on iron when you’re pregnant - simply because you need more than usual for the baby. But you need to keep those levels topped up to avoid anaemia – it can make you feel exhausted and cause complications before and after the birth.
Tell tale signs
You might feel even more tired than usual and look a bit pale. You may also feel a bit short of breath and notice some heart palpitations. And a quick blood test with your midwife or GP will quickly tell you if you’re running low.
Boost those iron levels
You may be able to boost your iron levels with a good iron-rich diet, so try tucking into some of these:
Or if the iron level in your blood has dropped too far, your GP or midwife will advise you to take iron supplements.
- Dark-green leafy vegetables, like watercress and curly kale
- Iron-fortified cereals or bread
- Brown rice
- Pulses and beans
- Nuts and seeds
- Meat, fish and tofu
- Dried fruit, such as dried apricots, prunes and raisins.