For Women: Iron Deficiency

Do you have “tired blood”?

Tired blood, iron deficiency, Iron Deficiency Anemia, anemia — they all refer to the same thing: low levels of iron that lead to tiredness and a host of other side effects. Iron deficiency can affect anyone, but women — especially pregnant women and those of childbearing age — are most at risk.

Signs of iron deficiency include chronic fatigue, decreased work and school performance, cold hands and feet, irritability and decreased immune function.

Causes of Iron Deficiency

Some causes of iron loss are ulcers, regular use of aspirin and other drugs for pain, infections, severe injury or surgery. But the most common cause is eating a diet that is low in iron. In fact, iron deficiency  is the most common nutritional deficiency.

The body gets iron from foods that contain high levels. Consuming foods high in Vitamin C aids the absorption of the iron.

What are some iron-rich foods?

  • Meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Dairy products
  • Iron-fortified foods
Iron & Pregnancy

Pregnancy can cause IDA if a woman doesn’t consume enough iron for her and her baby. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this can be harmful because it can lead to an increased risk for pre-term birth. In infants, iron deficiency can delay normal infant motor and mental functions.