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Anaemia occurs when the number of red
blood cells or the amount of haemoglobin
(the oxygen-carrying protein) in them is lower than expected. All pregnant
women retain water in their blood vessels, and donít make enough red blood
cells to compensate. Therefore, all pregnancy women have a decreased red
blood cell count compared to when they are not pregnant. Anaemia due to
iron deficiency (see below) and other causes worsens during pregnancy.
Anaemia and Pregnancy
Patients with severe anaemia are more likely to delivery early and have small babies . Women with severe anaemia may have symptoms such as weakness, fatigue, shortness of breath and headaches. If the reason for anaemia is an inheritable condition, the baby may also have it.
Birth is also associated with blood loss. Therefore, if a woman is anaemic, she should take iron for several months after delivery in order to help the body replace the lost blood cells and iron stores. Breast feeding women may also need to take iron because iron is lost in breast milk.
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