Anemia and Pregnancy.....2

Anemia and Pregnancy.....2

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3...  What is anemia during pregnancy?
If you're anemic, that means you have too few red blood cells (the cells that carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your blood) or they’re too small. If it's iron-deficiency anemia, it's due to low levels of iron in your blood. But there are many other types of anemia that are caused by illness or disease, such as sickle-cell anemia.
4...  Symptoms
Early on, you may mistake symptoms of anemia for normal symptoms of pregnancy; some pregnant women are completely unaware they're anemic until it's revealed in a blood test. But as the condition progresses, you may experience:
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness of breath
  • A rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • A numb or cold feeling in your hands and feet
  • A low body temperature
  • Pale skin
  • Chest pain
  • Irritability
If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms and are concerned it might be anemia, be sure to let your doctor know
5...  How did I get anemia?
Your body may have problems making red blood cells, or they may die faster than it can make them. Low levels of iron or vitamin B12 can cause anemia; so can blood loss or an underlying disease (such as kidney disease). If it’s a blood disease such as sickle-cell anemia, thalassemia or aplastic anemia, you inherited it.

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