Iron is an important factor in women's health
For women, there are times when the risk of not having enough iron is greater (such as during periods) or, there are times when you might need extra iron, such as during pregnancy and after giving birth.
If you are thinking about getting pregnant, having adequate iron levels is important for a healthy pregnancy and to support your baby's development.
Throughout pregnancy and after birthing, you need significantly more iron, but your iron stores may not be enough.
As you enter into motherhood, it is important to keep your iron levels on track. Balanced iron levels are essential for a healthy pregnancy as it is an important factor in your baby’s development and health – not to mention your own energy levels.
Talk to your doctor about keeping your iron on track
Throughout pregnancy, your doctor or lead maternity carer should check for iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia. They should also ask about your lifestyle and medical history to help identify any iron deficiency risk factors.
Know when you’re low
Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia have a broad range of non-specific symptoms, which may be mistaken as a normal part of pregnancy. Exhaustion and fatigue are common features of low iron. While tiredness can be a part of being pregnant, fatigue (mental and physical exhaustion) is different, and it could be a sign of iron deficiency.
You can read more about the symptoms of low iron in the link below, but the most reliable way to find out is with a simple blood test.
View the signs & symptoms of iron deficiency here
Take charge of your iron levels, talk to your healthcare professional about potential symptoms and know when you are low
If your oral iron is causing constipation, try Maltofer!
Maltofer is clinically proven to treat iron deficiency in pregnant women - with significantly fewer gastrointestinal side effects (such as constipation) than ferrous sulfate.
Talk to your healthcare professional about whether Maltofer is right for you.