Benefits of Iron for Pregnant or Breastfeeding Women
Iron is essential for the body’s growth and advancement. Hemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells that transports oxygen from the lungs to all areas of the body, and myoglobin, a protein that transports oxygen to muscles, are both made from iron. Iron is also required for the production of certain hormones by your body.
Double the amount of iron is needed for pregnant women. During pregnancy, the body needs to make extra blood for a healthy baby. Iron also aids in the transportation of oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body, including your baby’s.
The recommended dose of iron daily for pregnant women is 27 milligrams, and for women who are breastfeeding, professionals recommend 9-10 milligrams.
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If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please see a medical professional if there is a concern about adequate intake of nutrients during pregnancy.