Iron: The essential mineral

By Poppyseed Maternity on June 13, 2015 in | comments

How important is iron to a pregnant mummy-to-be? Iron is the mineral responsible for transporting oxygen around the body and is vital to a pregnant woman as it helps to build and maintain muscles in both the mother and the fetus.  During pregnancy, iron requirements are two to three times higher than normal. As a result, it is quite common for pregnant women to become iron deficient after the twentieth week of pregnancy, which can lead to anaemia.

Increasing your food intake of foods high in iron, including red meat, poultry, eggs and fish is paramount to help reduce the risk of iron deficiency. Meat contains compounds that facilitate iron absorption. Tea and coffee, which contains tannin, inhibits the absorption of iron if it is consumed during a meal or shortly after.

You will be tested for anaemia during your pregnancy, usually at the beginning of your pregnancy and around 28 weeks.  However, please do not self diagnose and consume iron supplements as over consumption of iron can damage organs such as the heart and liver. So ladies, eat a diet rich in iron  and eat your way to a happy and healthy pregnancy. 

Law, P, 2013 Expecting a Baby?, Quadrille Publishing Ltd, London