In most developed countries, few women become anemic in pregnancy although tests may suggest that the woman is anemic but this is due to the total volume of blood which occurs in pregnancy so that it seems that the woman’s blood seems ‘anemic’.
Anaemia in pregnancy simply means iron deficiency because the baby in the womb is taking a lot of blood to be formed, according to research about 3 out of every ten pregnant women in Africa are anaemic.
Its true anaemia could cause problems in the body but only when severe, but doctors make sure they routinely measure the haemoglobin in the blood and also carry out other tests on the woman during her first antenatal visit.
In Lagos state University Teaching hospital (LUTH), where I had my lovely kids successfully, I never had any issue with low PCV, because I always make sure I take my drugs and then I eat a lot of food rich in iron not forgetting fruits and vegetables.
At every visit to the clinic, the doctors ensure that you do the anemic test popularly called the PCV test, urine testing and also checking of blood pressure, by that means they will be able to track your blood level percentage, eventually if its goes so low they will admit the patient if need be but if its high, the patient will be advised to reduce iron supplement and folic acid intake.
Doctors always recommend that you take the iron capsules at least three times a day then supplement it with one folic acid.The recommended blood percentage of a pregnant woman should be at least from 25% to 38% anything below that is rather not too good.
If the percentage of the woman’s blood is very low like I said earlier, there is the possibility she will be admitted and placed on routine iron supplements and food rich in iron for some days and see if there will be some improvements.
Symptoms of anaemia in pregnant women includes;
Dark circle around they eyes and
It’s a known fact that if you increase intake in iron-rich foods, it will help in preventing anaemia
Here are some of the examples of food I normally eat when am pregnant to prevent being anaemic.
Liver pepper soup.
Unripe plantains either boiled or roasted.
Fruits and vegetables.
Breadfruit (Ukwa in Ibo language)
Beans but little quantity due to heartburn
Ugu water(fluted pumpkin) washed and squeezed, then I drink it.
Red meat (optional)
These foods listed above are what I always eat when am pregnant to avoid low PVC, and they all work like magic, from the first day to the very last of delivery my PVC is always very high and the doctors and some pregnant women will keep asking me how I do it Lol.
This post is just to encourage my fellow women out there that will be passing through this worrisome stage, I know how difficult it can be having to think about the safety of your unborn child and you as a mother thinking of your low PCV, just follow these few steps and you will be bouncing.
Wishing all the wonderful women a healthy baby and of course a safe delivery.
I would love to hear your view on this topic, kindly use the comment box.
Andreea BirsanAugust 4, 2016 at 3:04 pm
Thanks for all that information! I hope you feel good! x
Have a nice week,
awhiteAugust 4, 2016 at 3:25 pm
So many great tips, lady!
Hope you have a great weekend ahead!
Le Stylo Rouge
Tessy OnyiaAugust 4, 2016 at 3:29 pm
Thanks Andreea, wishing a fantastic week ahead.
Tessy OnyiaAugust 4, 2016 at 3:30 pm
Thanks Awhite, glad you enjoyed it.
Mrs OfoegbuAugust 4, 2016 at 4:33 pm
Very Informative! Nice read!
Tessy OnyiaAugust 4, 2016 at 4:37 pm
Thanks Mrs Ofoegbu.
►NadushAugust 4, 2016 at 8:23 pm
very interesting post
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Paola LauretanoAugust 4, 2016 at 8:45 pm
Really interesting post!
That New DressAugust 4, 2016 at 8:45 pm
Such an interesting and helpful post! Super informative xx
Carina VardieAugust 4, 2016 at 10:01 pm
I had anemia when I was younger, but had no idea it affected so many pregnant women. This was really informative.
Tessy OnyiaAugust 4, 2016 at 10:04 pm
Tessy OnyiaAugust 4, 2016 at 10:06 pm
Aww thanks Paola dear.
Tessy OnyiaAugust 4, 2016 at 10:07 pm
Tessy OnyiaAugust 4, 2016 at 10:12 pm
Oh so sorry sweety, it does, Thanks for reading.
Joti SinghAugust 5, 2016 at 12:09 am
Wow, this is so informative. Thanks for the read!
Yourbeautyscript BloggerAugust 5, 2016 at 8:41 am
Hi there, I had no idea of all this, its really important and good to know! thanks for sharing! x
Have a great Friday!
♥ Josune @ Your Beauty Script
LushAugust 5, 2016 at 10:30 am
Tessy… Can i repost this on my blog! Redirecting readers to finish reading it on your blog.
JohannaAugust 5, 2016 at 10:31 am
This is very interesting information, although I am not pregnant but this is helpful for the future.
Thanks for sharing!!!
Have a beautiful weekend
Tessy OnyiaAugust 5, 2016 at 10:33 am
Oh..Please go ahead dearie. Thanks.
Tessy OnyiaAugust 5, 2016 at 10:34 am
Oh thanks a lot Joti.
Tessy OnyiaAugust 5, 2016 at 10:43 am
Thank you so much Yourbeauty. Have a wonderful weekend.
Tessy OnyiaAugust 5, 2016 at 10:44 am
Aww..Thank you so much Johanna, glad you found it helpful.Have a blessed weekend.
LenyaAugust 5, 2016 at 1:22 pm
Very informative, thx for sharing.
Tessy OnyiaAugust 5, 2016 at 1:23 pm
Thanks Lenya dear.
Katrina FernandezAugust 8, 2016 at 8:13 am
Thanks for sharing this information. This is informative, I have to share this to my sister who is experiencing this today.
PamelaAugust 10, 2016 at 1:55 pm