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Anaemia in pregnancy

At stages in your pregnancy, you will be offered blood tests to check for anaemia (low iron levels). Due to changes that occur in your body during pregnancy, your iron levels can drop, and low iron levels can make you feel fatigued.

As a general rule, women in New Zealand do not consume enough iron in their diets. If you are found to have low iron, your lead maternity carer (LMC) may advise you to take iron supplements. However, it is important to remember that you can increase your iron intake through your diet.

The following information gives advice about how to get your daily iron.

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How to get your daily iron

Iron-rich meal ideas

Taking iron supplements

Intravenous (IV) iron

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