Energy for the New Arrival
Tired of always feeling tired?
Your pregnancy can be an exhilarating, but sometimes tiring, experience. Keep energy levels up by boosting your iron intake, so you can enjoy this special time.
Chapped lips, brittle hair, constant fatigue and palpitations are not on a prospective mum’s wish list. They are however, some of the tell-tale signs of iron deficiency, which is common among pregnant women.
Iron is needed to make haemoglobin, the chemical that transports oxygen in the blood. A range of stressful symptoms can indicate a deficiency, but severe cases can lead to anaemia, total exhaustion and a weakened immune system.
A healthy, balanced diet with iron-rich foods will provide most of the iron you need during pregnancy. This should include lean meats; pulses such as peas, beans and lentils; fruits such as prunes, apricots and raisins; and dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach.