Special Note on Iron Yoga Supplementation
One of the standard operating procedures is to put all pregnant women on an Yoga iron tab, but the question is, is that really necessary? Well, if you look at scientific data, then the answer is no. Pregnancy is a time when a woman is at her most vulnerable phase and this exposes her to many half-baked truths. It’s not unusual for doctors to stop all the vitamin supplements that you were on and to start you exclusively on iron, folic acid and calcium. And it’s even less unusual for us to actually question that, so here’s some much needed education on iron absorption and assimilation.
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Pregnant Yoga and lactating women need about 20-30 mg of iron per day to bear the physiological stresses. Anaemia or low Hb levels will make it harder for the body to carry oxygen and nutrients and leave you feeling tired and exhausted. It will also put you at a risk of developing infections and could cause low birth weight for the baby. However, all this is likely to happen if the anaemia lasts for a very long time and the Hb levels are really low, like 9 and under.
The levels to aim for are 11 and above pre-pregnancy, post-delivery and for the first trimester. As you get into the second trimester, 10.5 gm per decilitre is considered a normal level. This is because the blood volume is enlarged and Hb is measured as a concentration.
When the volume is high, concentration is low. If you are at these levels and popping a pill, know that it is bringing no benefit to the body. A well-documented fact about iron supplementation is that it works when the levels are fairly low (7-9 and at even lower levels you may need transfusion). The iron pills come with their side effects of constipation, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, so why add to your already existing morning sickness? This note and, in fact, the book is to ensure that you are making informed decisions based on facts, not fads and much worse, fears.
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