During pregnancy your body requires additional iron, according to Health Canada, equally roughly 40% more than an average female between the ages of 19-50. It’s not always easy to consume enough iron through food alone.
Iron can be found in a variety of foods, both heme and non-heme iron (found in meats and plant based foods, respectively). In order to increase non-heme iron absorption you should add foods high in Vitamin C to your diet. Some examples of foods high in Vitamin C are:
- Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit, tangerines)
You should pair foods rich in Vitamin C with foods high in heme or non-heme iron like:
- Dried fruit
- Legumes (beans, lentils, peas)
You can also see more information on the recommended nutrient intake on the Government of Canada Website.
In some cases, adding these foods to your diet will not increase iron absorption. The Daily Value on nutrition labels can help you determine how much iron you’re consuming, keep in mind that it is based on 14mg of iron. The recommended iron intake for pregnant or nursing women is 28mg.
The Lucky Iron Fish
In order to add the additional nutrients I needed during my pregnancy, I started using The Lucky Iron Fish. It’s easy to infuse the iron into a normal meal and it eliminated some of the side effects I experienced by taking traditional iron pills. The Lucky Iron Fish will release between 5-10mg of iron through each use, that’s nearly half the recommended intake for pregnant women.
During my pregnancy I tried to make more health-conscious choices to limit my child’s exposure to different chemicals and drugs that I needed to take. I was able to completely eliminate my dependence on iron pills and manage my anemia through an all-natural product. The world could use a little more Canada, find out more about the great things The Lucky Iron Fish is doing to help communities in need on their website.
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