HiPP's A-Z of pregnancy & child health

The A-Z contains information on many aspects of pregnancy 
and child health. It is arranged alphabetically so you can find what you are looking for with ease. If you are at all concerned about your health or your child’s health, please consult your health professional.

Anaemia And Pregnancy

During pregnancy, blood tests are carried out to measure the levels of haemoglobin in the blood. Haemoglobin carries oxygen around the body. Anaemia is a condition in which haemoglobin levels are low - and the resulting lack of oxygen going round the body causes symptoms such as tiredness, breathlessness, poor concentration, paleness/pale skin, weakness. The body uses iron to make haemoglobin and iron deficiency is the most common cause of anaemia. Pregnant women have a greater volume of blood circulating in the body and therefore they need good levels of iron to make enough haemoglobin.

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Anaemia In Infants

The stores of iron a child is born with start to run out at about 6 months, so the inclusion of iron-rich foods in the diet is important. Lack of iron may lead to anaemia, which can affect a child's physical and mental development. Meat is a good source of iron, as are fish, eggs, lentils and beans. To improve iron absorption, give foods or drinks rich in vitamin C, e.g. fruit or diluted fruit juice, at the same meal. Follow-on milks such as HiPP Organic Follow-on milk also contain increased levels of iron.

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