Pregnancy Concerns: Anemia

In your body, blood acts as the only viable life maintaining fluid. Blood circulates through out the body, pumping life into all the organs, running its course through the extensive network made up of veins, arteries and thinner capillaries.

In your body, blood acts as the only viable life maintaining fluid. Blood circulates through out the body, pumping life into all the organs, running its course through the extensive network made up of veins, arteries and thinner capillaries.

What is anemia?

Blood contains hemoglobin in its red blood cells. These cells help transport oxygen throughout the body. A loss of blood or a fall in the cell count of the blood diminish the oxygen carrying capacity of blood and therefore reduce the amount of oxygen that the organs receive through it. Such a condition is called anemia.

During pregnancy, there are great chances of suffering from anemia. The body goes through a myriad of changes due to which the blood volume in the body increases.

This increase is estimated to be around 50% of the existing blood volume. With the surge of blood in the body, the concentration of the red blood cells is diluted to a large extent.

In certain cases, there may be blood loss during delivery. Such  loss of blood may also induce anemia.