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Your body needs healthy red blood cells to produce energy. As your red blood cells

move, they transport Oxygen not only to your organs but when you are pregnant, to your developing baby, too.

anemia during pregnancy health brief

When your blood cell count is low, you have anemia. The most common type of anemia specific to pregnancy is called iron-deficiency anemia (IDA).

If untreated, IDA can lead to low birth-weight, preterm birth, developmental problems, blood transfusion after delivery, or postpartum hemorrhage (PPH). BIPOC pregnant people and those expecting twins are more likely to experience IDA.


  • Tiredness and weakness out of ordinary, even in pregnant state

  • Experiencing PICA which means you crave non-food items, for example ice

  • Your hands or feet feel cold

  • You feel that you can't catch a breath

  • Dizziness, lightheadedness

If you notice any of these signs, talk to your provider. Even if it requires scheduling an extra appointment. Following up with appointments and blood tests can help establish early diagnosis, find the right treatment, and prevent birth complications.


  • It is okay to have questions about your health. Ask for more information from your provider

  • Getting a pill organizer can help you remember take your prenatal supplements regularly

  • Tell your provider if anemia is known in your family medical history

  • You are not alone! Seek support from people around you

  • If you experience side effects with your treatment, ask your provider about switching to other options

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