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Anaemia in Pregnancy

Updated: Apr 16, 2022

Will I get Anaemia whilst Pregnant?

It is estimated that 1 in 3 women of reproductive age are anaemic, this makes it a global public health problem, but there is so much that we can do to help combat it.

Anaemia in pregnancy

What is Anaemia?

Anaemia is a blood condition that develops when you don’t have enough red blood cells. Red blood cells contain haemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen around your body and to your baby.

Your body undergoes huge changes in pregnancy and your blood volume increases by approximately 30%, this increases the amount of iron that your body needs to create haemoglobin in pregnancy.

When your body needs more iron than it has available, you can become anaemic.

Pregnancy is often the cause of iron-deficiency anaemia. Iron-deficiency anaemia can happen when you are not eating enough food with iron in.

Your midwife will routinely offer you a blood test at booking and at 28 weeks to screen for anaemia.

What are the common symptoms of Anaemia in Pregnancy?