Pregnancy Complications

Anemia
Another possible complication is anemia, or having below-normal levels of iron in the blood. Iron is needed for hemoglobin (a protein in blood that helps take oxygen to body tissues for energy and growth) for you and your baby. Iron also helps build bones and teeth.
 
Most women do not have symptoms of anemia, although some might have extreme fatigue. Your doctor will check for signs of anemia through the routine blood tests that are taken in different stages of your pregnancy. If you have anemia, you will be given iron supplements to take once or twice a day.
 
You can help prevent this complication by eating more iron-rich foods, such as:
 
  • Potatoes
  • Raisins
  • Broccoli
  • Leafy, green vegetables
  • Whole-grain breads
  • Iron-fortified cereals.
     

Summary

If you have any of the symptoms discussed in this article, contact your doctor right away to lower your risk of pregnancy complications. There are various specific tests done during the first trimester of pregnancy, and a few screenings later in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy to help prevent these problems or to spot them early. Your doctor will give you a schedule for visits, tests, and screenings. It is important to follow your doctor's advice about treatment so that you have a safe delivery and a strong, healthy baby.
 
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