Kara Korhonen, dietary expert, talks about iron, where to get it, how it is important to you and your baby and using supplements to increase your iron intake.
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Which mineral is voraciously in high demand in the 2nd and 3rd trimesters you have got it, Iron. Iron is crucial in the delivery of oxygen throughout our bodies. Without adequate iron you may develop iron deficiency anemia which can result in preterm delivery and the low birth weight baby. Further, your baby maybe born with depleted iron stores. Although as pregnant woman you do not menstruate, a definite pregnancy perk. And iron is absorbed more efficiently than before you are pregnant. The need for iron is still quite high. The daily recommendation is 27mg. To put in your nutritional target into a prospective, note the 1 to 3 ounce beef patty provides about 2.5 mg that is a lot of burgers. As you can see it is difficult to unjust the recommended amount of iron during the pregnancy for food alone even if you are pumping iron. So your obstetrician or midwife may you recommend and iron supplement. Unfortunately, one of the side effects of iron supplementation is constipation which latest to what I discuss earlier, water and fiber. As mention already, iron is found in beef and also delicious liver, poultry iron fortified cereals. Iron from plants foods such as dried beans, spinach and some dried fruits would be absorb much better if consume with the vitamin C rich food like potatoes, tomatoes, citrus fruit, melons or a virgin bloody Mary. So it is easy to see the delicious dishes you can come up with. Tomatoes in dates, your other kids will love it and bean and honeydew bake. Are you salivating yet? The dishes you can realistically make out of these ingredients are salads. Fruit salad with dates or spinach salad with grilled chicken and tomatoes of course my husband insists that cereal is the ultimate food and provide all the iron of growing man needs.