When a woman is pregnant, her blood volume increases by 40 percent to supply blood to the baby and placenta. This can lead to anemia, a condition in which the red blood cells are low, leading to fatigue.
“Almost all pregnant women will experience anemia at some point in their pregnancy,” says Sara A. Lorenz, MD, FACOG, obstetrician and gynecologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner. “To treat the problem, we tell them to take iron supplements in addition to their prenatal pill.”
It is especially important to treat anemia before delivery. A woman loses about half a liter of blood during a vaginal delivery and an average of a liter of blood during a C-section. “If the mother is already anemic and loses so much blood, she could wind up needing blood transfusions,” says Lorenz. “She also will need her energy in order to care for a newborn.”
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