Posted by: AGM | 2008/01/24

Low blood during pregnancy

have a friend who is pregnant and she is 28 years old. She consulted at the clinic and she was told that she does not have enough blood in her body.

My question is what are the risk of giving birth with that low blood, what can she do before giving birth.

This girl is in Venda in the rural.

Thank you

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Dear AGM
She probably has a low hemoglobin count, which is common in pregnancy. She should take folic acid and iron supplements (e.g Pregamil) – she can ask her chemist which would work out most economical for her. If she does not have access to a chemist, she can increase her iron intake by adding foods with dark green leaves like spinach/marog and liver, daily to her normal diet.
Dr Bets

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