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Diet for Anemia in Pregnancy

A modified diet rich in folate, vitamin B12 and iron is essential for the rapid rise in hemoglobin level.

Folate is commonly present in-

Bullet Liver, kidney

Bullet Spinach

Bullet Cabbage

Bullet Yeast

Bullet Nuts

Bullet Fruits

Vitamin B12 is exclusively present in foods of animal origin-

Bullet Meat

Bullet Liver

Bullet Eggs

Bullet Dairy products Iron is absorbed much more readily from animal sources (heme iron) than from non-animal sources (non-heme iron).

One serving of red meat in a day will raise the hemoglobin levels very rapidly.

Diet for Anemia in Pregnancy

Liver is best avoided during pregnancy because it contains unsafe amounts of vitamin A, which can cause birth defects. One serving per week is safe.

The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of iron during pregnancy is 30 mgs. Here are some foods rich in iron.

Foods that provide 0.5-1.5mgs of iron-

Bullet Chicken, 3 ounces

Bullet Green peas, 1/2 cup

Bullet Tomato juice, 6 ounces

Bullet Broccoli, 1/2 cup

Bullet Brussels sprouts, 1/2 cup cooked

Bullet Whole wheat bread, 1 slice

Bullet Dried apricots, 5 halves

Bullet Raspberries, 1 cup

Bullet Strawberries, 1 cup

Foods that provide 1.6-3mgs of iron-

Bullet Sirloin steak, 3 ounces

Bullet Roast beef, 3 ounces

Bullet Lean hamburger, 3 ounces

Bullet Baked potato with skin

Bullet Kidney beans, 1/2 cup cooked

Bullet Lima beans, 1/2 cup cooked

Bullet Navy beans, 1/2 cup cooked

Bullet Oatmeal, 1 cup cooked

Bullet Raisins, 1/2 cup

Foods that provide 3-12mgs of iron-

Bullet Clams, 4 large or 9 small

Bullet Oysters, 6 medium

Bullet Spinach, 1/2 cup cooked

Bullet Fortified cereal, 1 cup

Additional sources of iron-

Bullet Lean beef, pork or lamb

Bullet Green vegetables, all kinds

Bullet Beetroot

Bullet Tofu

Bullet Lentils

Bullet Soy bean flour

Bullet Enriched pastas

Bullet Unpolished rice

Bullet Unrefined sugars, such as molasses

Bullet Apples, pears, figs

Bullet Almonds

Bullet Black grapes, plums

Bullet Carrots, radish

Bullet Celery

Bullet Fenugreek seeds

Beetroot consumed in any form is an excellent source of iron. Beetroot juice and apple juice can be consumed together to make it palatable.

Dried potato peels can be fried or toasted to make a snack.

Eating ripe bananas mixed with honey twice daily are believed to increase the levels of hemoglobin.

Herbal sources of iron- Amaranth greens, Dandelion root

The body must receive a combination of at least five to seven of these edibles every single day, in order to boost the count.

It is preferable to have most of the listed components (except meat) raw.

Cooking may destroy iron content by as much as half.

Cooking with cast iron pots can add 50-80% more iron to the food.

Tea, coffee, cigarettes, alcohol inhibit the absorption of iron. So it is best to avoid them and instead have herbal tea, fresh fruit/vegetable juices or water.

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