Anemia in pregnancy: what it is and how to prevent it

Folate-deficiency anemia is another common kind of anemia that occurs during pregnancy because pregnant people need higher levels of folate. Photo: Pexels

(Jessica Timmins/ Healthline) — Anemia is common in pregnancy. It often develops when your blood volume increases, resulting in a lower percentage of red blood cells and reduced oxygen flow. But there can also be other causes, and it could require medical attention.

Pregnancy anemia occurs when you don’t have enough red blood cells to carry oxygen to the tissues in your body. Mild anemia may make you feel exhausted, but it can also become serious if it becomes too severe or is left untreated.

In fact, anemia during pregnancy can lead to a higher risk of premature birth, low birth weight, and even maternal mortality.

Understanding more about different types of anemia, common symptoms, and treatment options will help you recognize the warning signs of anemia so you can avoid complications. (…)