Pregnant women are strongly encouraged to eat foods rich in iron, such as spinach, red meat, kidney beans, and others. Lack of iron can cause anemia in pregnant women and at risk for low birth weight babies.
Consumption of iron supplements is also necessary for pregnant women. According to a doctor in the fetomaternal section of Cipto Mangunkusumo hospital, Dr. M Adya F Dilmy, SpOG, BMsc, the administration of iron supplements to pregnant women should be in accordance with the hemoglobin level in their blood.
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“Depending on the circumstances, iron supplements can be given to pregnant women or not. But you have to see whether the hemoglobin level needs iron or not, ”he said at the halal bihalal event and health seminar at BKKBN Building Auditorium, Jl. Permata No. 1 Halim Perdana Kusuma, East Bigroz awhile ago.
Normally, the hemoglobin level in the blood of pregnant women during the first and second trimesters is less than 11 g / dL. Meanwhile, by the third trimester, the levels will drop to less than 10.5 g / dL. And over 50 percent of pregnant women are iron deficient.
Therefore, the doctor called Dr Dido recommends giving extra iron in the phase after the second trimester. “Because at that time the nausea started to decrease, from 16 weeks we gave iron supplementation,” he added.
Supposedly, iron supplementation does not end during childbirth, but until the puerperium. In fact, Dr Dido suggested that the administration be continued until postpartum, in order to prepare for the next pregnancy.
“This is an important phase, so the next pregnancy is better than before,” he said.
But it is very important to maintain the iron levels in the body, not to overdo it. Because if it is excessive, it can cause side effects, namely nausea, vomiting and constipation.
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(wdw / up)