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Why New Moms Need Iron and How to Make Sure You’re Getting Enough

Why New Moms Need Iron and How to Make Sure You’re Getting Enough

As we know, blood is what carries oxygen to the body’s organs and tissues, but in order to do that, your red blood cells need iron. The red blood cells of pregnant women are oxygenating two people’s bodies—your own and your baby’s—so you need twice the amount of iron—around 27mg daily—as women who aren’t pregnant.

Most prenatal vitamins will deliver the recommended dose, but you can also get iron from lean red meat, poultry, and fish; some legumes like dried beans and peas; and even iron-fortified cereals and prune juice.

Iron deficiency during pregnancy has serious consequences, increasing the risk that your baby will be born prematurely or underweight, so be sure to work those iron-rich foods into your diet.

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This series of information comes from Dr. Dania Rumbak and Baby Doctor. Dr. Dania Rumbak, co-founder of Baby Doctor, is a fully licensed Pediatrician, board-certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care, and serves as an Assistant Professor at Columbia University Children's Hospital. She is also a mohel, and in her nine years of experience has performed more than 2,000 circumcisions. Baby Doctor offers parents pediatric services on demand. We bring the following services right to your home: Pediatric Urgent Care, Lactation, and Circumcision. Learn more at: www.babydoctor.com

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