Pregnancy Symptoms & Complaints: Anemia

Anemia can make you feel weak or dizzy during pregnancy. Find out what causes it and how to feel better.

What causes anemia in pregnancy?

Your daily requirement for iron roughly doubles during pregnancy, to about 30 milligrams. Many women have a hard time getting enough of this essential mineral from their regular diet. If iron stores get very low, it's possible to develop anemia, a decrease in the concentration of hemoglobin (a protein located in red blood cells) in your blood stream. If your case is mild, you may not feel any symptoms, but if you're moderately or severely anemic, you may feel tired or weak, have fainting spells or heart palpitations, feel short of breath or dizzy, or look pale. Iron-deficiency anemia often sets in after about week 20, so talk to your healthcare provider if you feel these symptoms during the latter half of your pregnancy.

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