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Prenatal Supplement- Part2 “Iron”

Manvit Kohli
Manvit Kohli
How To Choose A Prenatal Vitamin - Part 2.
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Today I am feeling extra chatty and it’s all about iron (this is a common deficiency I see in almost all women in my family. My mom my Maasi me myself.)
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10 million cases per year in India! 
Not even kidding bro!
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey study showed that 9-16% of women between the ages of 12 and 49 are iron deficient. Iron deficiency is more likely in women of reproductive age because of menstrual blood loss. 
In addition, only 20% of fertile women have adequate iron reserve of 500 mg. Iron is stored in our body but as women, we lose a significant amount of iron during menstruation and childbirth.
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Having inadequate iron status prior to and during pregnancy can have a significant impact on fetal development by reducing infant growth rate. Hence the first supplement that your doctor prescribes you is folic acid and your to eat list will have beet root , pomegranate, spinach etc. If iron deficiency is present prior to conception, this can impact the development of the placenta during early pregnancy.
What is plancenta for you and me?

The placenta is an organ that develops in your uterus during pregnancy. This structure provides oxygen and nutrients to your growing baby and removes waste products from your baby's blood. The placenta attaches to the wall of your uterus, and your baby's umbilical cord arises from it.

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According to a study published under ncib, women who took iron supplements had a 40% lower risk of ovulatory infertility than those who did not take iron supplements.
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Recommended daily iron intake per day is 18 mg for women during the preconception stages, and 27 mg per day for pregnant women. So dare you skip the pill!
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Nutrient dense food sources of iron: Most bioavailable form of iron is red meat/mutton.
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One of the side effects of many iron supplements is constipation 😣. Trying to avoid this unpleasant side effect is one of the reasons why many avoid iron supplementation. Using food-based iron supplements of iron bisglycinate can reduce the constipating effect of iron since it is better absorbed. You can talk about it with your health practitioner if you face constipation with iron supplement. 
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In order to enhance iron absorption from food, it is recommended that you pair iron-rich foods with vitamin C-rich foods. Foods high in vitamin C include citrus fruits, dark green leafy vegetables, bell peppers, melons and strawberries.

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If you're relying on plant-based iron sources, you're going to have to consume much more, as these sources are not as bioavailable. We can all discuss veganism as much as we want to and I am not against it but I strongly recommend you take care of your protein and micros with appropriate supplements. 
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Have you had your iron levels checked? Staying on top of this before conception is a really good consideration! Let me know in the comments what you think!


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/21934611/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/18641987/?i=5&from=/21934611/related


https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/24152889/