Updated: May 17
Every mother will go through physical changes during pregnancy. Blood volume increases by 30% and dilutes her body’s haemoglobin. Haemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells, which carries oxygen. Many mothers lack daily dietary iron and become anaemic. They feel lethargic, look pale, or have palpitations or breathlessness.
Mothers will need 30 mg iron during pregnancy. I encourage mothers to eat iron-rich food. These include red meats, oysters, clams, mussels, salmon fish, beans, dark leafy vegetables, broccoli and iron-fortified cereals. You can also drink chicken essence to boost your iron supply. Eat well for your baby! See the infographic below.