Register | Login
Sign in with:
---------- OR ----------
Create Account | Login
Create account
As a Member You Can:
  • Join clubs to discuss your interests
  • Connect with people like you
  • Share information, seek advice, get support

in Mumbai (change city)
Select City
  • All
  • Delhi
  • New Delhi
  • Gurgaon
  • Noida
  • Mumbai
  • Pune
  • Banglore
  • Hyderabad
  • Ghaziabad
  • Chandigarh
  • Ahmedabad
  • Kolkata
  • Chennai
  • Coimbatore
  • Jaipur
select‌ stage
Pregnancy Topics..

You are here : home > Pregnancy > Weight Gain, Diet & Exercise > Increase Iron Intake

Increase Iron Intake

Increase Iron Intake

Although not many people are highly anemic, a slight iron deficiency is very common. Women are the most prone to low levels of iron.

Iron deficiency is probably one of the most common forms of deficiency found among people in high to middle income groups. Although not many people are highly anemic, a slight iron deficiency is very common. Iron helps distribute oxygen from the lungs to the other parts of the body, so if your body doesn't have adequate iron, it is likely that your body is not receiving the full benefits of oxygen. Here's what you should know.

Who is prone to iron deficiency?

Women are the most prone to developing iron deficiencies. In fact, more than 30% of women of reproductive age and approximately 50% of pregnant women have iron deficiencies. Women with heavy periods, women with regular periods (during menstruation), pregnant women, toddlers growing at a rapid rate, adolescents, who have erratic eating schedules and expend a lot of energy, strict vegetarians and people with certain health conditions - are also likely to have low iron stores in the body.

Low iron during pregnancy

It is important that you check Hb levels in your blood when you are pregnant. Even if your Hb levels are adequate, it is possible that you may develop anemia as your pregnancy progresses. This is because your baby draws from your body's supply of iron, leaving you lacking. So you need to keep a constant check on your Hb levels during pregnancy, and make it a point to increase iron intake naturally. In fact, during pregnancy your iron intake should almost double! Iron supplements do help, but including foods rich in iron, in your diet on a daily basis, will probably be of more help.

What are the symptoms of iron deficiency?

You know you have iron deficiency if you feel tired and listless often, are low on energy and feel dizzy every now and again. On the other hand, some of these are also symptoms of iron toxicity, which is a condition that results from excessive iron intake - leading to excessive iron storage. Iron toxicity does not result from excessive iron intake from natural sources. It is mostly caused due to excessive intake in the form of iron supplements. This condition also results from frequent blood transfusions.

What foods are rich in iron?

Iron is found in various foods. Haem iron is easily absorbed by the body. This is found in poultry, lean meat, liver, seafood. Non-haem iron is found in green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole grain breads, iron-fortified cereals and eggs, and is harder to be absorbed by the body. This is because the absorption of non-haem iron can be inhibited by various other foods. Essentially, whether or not non-heam iron is absorbed by the body depends on what else you eat, in addition to foods rich in such iron.

How can I increase iron absorption?

Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, and it is especially effective if eaten along with food. This is why it is always a good idea to take Vitamin C supplements just after meals. Foods rich in Vitamin C include citrus fruits, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, berries and capsicum, so make sure you include these foods in your meals with regularity, along with green, leafy vegetables. So your aim should basically be to combine foods rich in iron, with foods rich in Vitamin C, in the same meal.
On the other hands, foods that inhibit iron absorption include tea and coffee. So, if you must have these beverages, avoid having them with or just after your meals. Have them in between meals so they don't inhibit iron absorption. Also, avoid having too much tea, coffee or bran.

You may also be interested in:

Increase Iron Intake
Save Edit
Sort by Newest


mk sharma
mk sharma.7 years ago
Dear Mam, Iron Plus is A high strength, vegetarian friendly iron supplement with co-factors for Optimal absorption and nutrient utilization. For more information please visit.. or call now! 011-23357326, 9560506177 OR mail us:
swethaishu.9 years ago
Its really helpful expect some more good articles like this.During pregnancy diet plays a major role.women should have a balance diet.
harini.10 years ago
very good infermation you are giving to the people.
iam very much satisfied for this infermation.
carme.10 years ago
good information. my doctor said my blood results are not good. i have too much iron in my blood..790 is my iron and it should be 150. it can indicate diseases especially liver and pancreas. can anyone tell me how to decrease my iron in my blood. thanks
SANJANA.10 years ago
the information provided is sufficient for a lay man. efforts should be made to let know the level of hb required
italy.10 years ago
what is italy's national flower
tina.10 years ago
good information
afzu.10 years ago
my doctor suggested me liquid iron as i am anaemic so anybody could tell me some brand names of liquid iron available in india
Back to Previous Page   |   More on Pregnancy Index



All tips on Weight Gain, Diet & Exercise
You ever wanted in one place.
No need to go anywhere else. No spam.

*No spam only genuine emails
Follow us on:

Featured Articles - Infertility | Baby Development | Health and Fitness | How to Get Pregnant | Parenting Advice | Weight Loss | Pregnancy Advice | Name Numerology
Baby - Baby Photo Contest | Lucky Names | Lucky Birthdates | Horoscopes | Chinese Calendar | Compatibility Test | Fun Zone
Parenting - Message Boards | Planning a Baby | Pregnancy | Parents of Babies | Baby Names | Baby Name Poll | Birth Announcements | Parenting Quiz
Family - Cooking Club | Love & Relationships | Beauty Tips | Kids Weight Calculator | Recipe Maker
General - Calorie Counter | Personality Quiz | Love Signs | Compatibility Quiz