Planning a baby? Here's why it's seriously worth checking those iron levels 4 months ago

Planning a baby? Here's why it's seriously worth checking those iron levels

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Pregnancy can be draining.

Whether you've read all the parenting books out there or you're going to  figure it out by yourself, it's no secret that carrying and raising a baby is extremely tiring.

That's why it's so important to make sure everything's tip top when it comes to your vitamins and minerals.

Iron deficiency anaemia affects up to 25 percent of the population and is caused by a lack of iron in the body. Iron is such a necessary mineral for our bodies and without adequate levels, we can start to feel tired, sluggish, and under the weather.

Everyone should keep on top of their iron intake at all times but it is especially crucial for people who are pregnant. If your body is iron-deficient during pregnancy, this can result in lower birth weights and lead to premature labour.

So if you're planning on having a baby, it's well worth taking a trip to your local GP to check your iron levels.

If your iron is low, there are plenty of dietary changes you can make to increase your iron levels. Heme iron (iron from meat sources that is easily absorbed) can be found in beef, lamb, fish, pork, or chicken. Non-heme iron (found in eggs and plant sources and is not as easily absorbed) can be found in foods like tofu, spinach, and eggs. A high level of vitamin C also helps iron absorption.

However, even with a balanced diet, it can be difficult to meet your body's required iron levels. Many GPs will recommend that pregnant and breastfeeding women take iron supplements, regardless of their diet.

Talk to your GP or pharmacists to find a supplement that best suits you - one that is absorbed well and kind on your system.

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A food supplement is not a substitute for a varied diet and a healthy lifestyle.