PREVENTING ANEMIA IN PREGNANCY

Anemia is when the oxygen capacity (usually iron levels) of the blood are low. This can be caused by genetic disorders of the blood, absorption issues or malnutrition. Pregnancy can also make it look like a woman is developing anemia, but really it is just that she is showing signs of a healthy pregnancy by the increase of her plasma. This increase of plasma can cause a false dip in the the laboratory levels. Even still, it is important that women keep their hemoglobin levels in pregnancy above a value of 10. 

Lower values can cause fatigue, bleeding issues, dry, fragile and brittle hair, nails and skin. It may also mean that your care will be transferred to a medical professional. 

If you develop normal anemia (not related to genetics) in pregnancy or nutritional anemia, we will give you and treatment plan and we will usually have a small amount of time to get your hemoglobin level to increase to 10 or above. The problem is that most healthy plans will also cause an increase in plasma, which naturally makes the hemoglobin level fall (hemodilution). This means that the battle is a little uphill. It can be done, but it is best if the hemoglobin levels are at a healthy level during the first part of pregnancy. 

PREVENTION STRATEGY

  • One serving daily of cooked (prepared in cast iron) greens, drizzled in meat fat or coconut oil
  • Avoid white flower and white sugar
  • Eat at least 65 grams of protein daily 
  • One serving daily of yogurt, kefir, pickles, kim chi, sauerkraut, tempeh, miso or soy sauce
  • Eat sea vegetables or take a blue green algae supplement daily (Nori, kelp, spirulina)
  • Eat a fruit or vegetable high in Vit. C daily
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drink 1/2 your weight in ounces of fluids every day.
  • After the 16th week of pregnancy, drink 4 cups of pregnancy tea daily 
  • Take a sublingual Methylated B-12 supplement daily
  • Add chlorofresh supplement to your hydration drink daily
  • Work up to being able to down 2 ounces of apple cider vinegar daily. Dilute as needed. Choose a cider that has the “mother” in it. The mother is the sediment and floaties. 
  • Take 10,000 iU Vitamin D3 supplement daily (spray, no artificial colors or ingredients)
  • Take 500 mg of natural Vitamin C daily
  • Take a probiotic daily
  • Get a least 15 minutes of outdoor time, daily (exercising increases hemoglobin) 
  • Get at least 150 minutes of exercise weekly 
  • Take a magnesium supplement daily
  • Take a zinc supplement daily (on a full stomach) 
  • Take a salt bath (1 1/2 c Epsom salt, 1 cup sea salt, 1/4 c baking soda) 3-7 x a week