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Anaemia in pregnancy

At stages in your pregnancy, you'll be offered blood tests to check for anaemia (low iron levels). Because of changes that happen in your body during pregnancy, your iron levels can drop, and low iron levels can make you feel tired.

Sometimes women don’t get enough iron in pregnancy. If you have low iron, your midwife or LMC may advise you to take iron supplements. But you can also increase the amount of iron in what you eat and drink.

You can find out more information about how to make sure you have enough iron in the pages about anaemia.

Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Endorsed by midwife liaison, Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed June 2018.

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Review key: HIHCP-311277