Anemia in Pregnancy

Anemia is a condition where there are not enough oxygen-carrying components (called hemoglobin) in a person's red blood cells, or there are not enough total red blood cells in the body. This condition is concerning for all individuals, but in pregnancy it can cause particular problems such as: low birth weight, preterm birth, low iron stores in babies, and increased susceptibility to infection. It can also cause complications from bleeding following birth, and can increase rates of maternal mortality.

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