Blood volume increases in pregnancy and so your body needs to produce more iron to help increase red blood cells to carry oxygen through the body. It is normal for iron levels to decrease a little in pregnancy. If levels of iron decrease below a certain threshold you may develop symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness/feeling light headed, shortness of breath, weakness, cold hands/feet, irregular heart beats or pale skin. Your midwife will offer testing in pregnancy to help make sure your iron levels are at appropriate levels to help you feel better through pregnancy and postpartum.

Tips for increasing iron absorption:

Resources: Iron deficiency anemia and you

Book: Lily Nichols Real Food for Pregnancy