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How to deal with iron-deficiency anemia during pregnancy

Updated: 2022-06-22


I. What is iron-deficiency anemia?

Iron-deficiency anemia is the most common type of anemia during pregnancy. After four months of pregnancy, iron requirements gradually increase. As a result, about 25 percent of expectant mothers in the second half of pregnancy may have insufficient iron intake due to increased requirements, malabsorption, or lack of sources, leading to iron-deficiency anemia.

II. Symptoms of anemia

Mild anemia may result in symptoms such as slightly pale skin and mucous membranes, fatigue, weakness, hair loss, abnormal nails, and glossitis. Severe anemia may result in symptoms such as yellow and pale complexion, dizziness, tinnitus, vertigo, palpitation, shortness of breath, and easy syncope during movement, accompanied by hypoproteinemia, edema, and even seroperitoneum if especially severe.

III. What should you do if you have iron-deficiency anemia during pregnancy?

If so, please avoid getting anxious or worried. What you should do is improving nutritional intake and eating high-protein and iron-rich foods, such as black fungus, seaweed, pork or beef liver, beans, eggs, etc. These foods are not only rich in iron but also easy to absorb. You should also take iron supplements under the guidance of doctors and receive obstetric examinations regularly.


Expectant mothers with abnormal fetal movement or who feel unwell should visit the hospital for examinations in a timely manner.

Emergency procedures at the Chongqing Health Center for Women and Children (Women and Children's Hospital of Chongqing Medical University), or CQHCWC:

(1) Daytime (7:30-17:30)

Please see a doctor at the Obstetric Outpatient Department in Area C on the 2nd Floor of the Outpatient Department at the Ranjiaba Branch.

Consulting tel: 023-60354355

(2) Nighttime (17:30-7:30 the next day)

Please see a doctor at the Emergency Department on the 1st Floor of the Inpatient Department at the Ranjiaba Branch.

Consulting tel: 023-60354438