General News

01 May 2017
For Immediate Release

LOW IRON PROVES AN UNNECESSARY BURDEN DURING PREGNANCY  

There is no need to eat in amounts for two when pregnant, but with increased nutrient requirements during this time, meeting the demands of a nutritious diet can be challenging.

During pregnancy, the recommended daily intake for iron rises by 50% and women who do not meet this target increase their risk of iron deficiency and anaemia which can lead to fatigue, heart palpitations, shortness of breath and increased risk of infection. 

Furthermore, the risks extend to birth and the postpartum period as iron deficiency and anaemia are also associated with postnatal depression, increased likelihood of blood transfusion, difficulties with bonding and breastfeeding and reduced iron levels in the newborn. 

Women who remain undiagnosed may relate feeling run down to leading a busy lifestyle, and the mental fogginess and lack of concentration to “baby brain”, but all can be attributed to low iron or iron deficiency anaemia. 

Iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world and New Zealand is not exempt with one in 14 New Zealand women suffering from the exhausting condition. 

Dr Kathryn Beck, who will be speaking at today’s World Iron Awareness Week symposium hosted by Massey University, says there are simple things women can do to optimise their iron 


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For more information contact:
Emily Parks,
Nutrition Manager, Beef + Lamb New Zealand
emily@beeflambnz.co.nz | 09 489 0877 | 021 184 6558 


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