Iron Treatments in Pregnancy
Pregnancy makes many demands on a woman’s body and it is common for iron stores to fall and anaemia to develop. Although there are several forms of anaemia, that due to iron deficiency is the most common amongst pregnant Australian women. Multivitamin preparations bought over the counter generally contain some iron but this may not be enough to correct the anaemia adequately.
Oral iron tablets have been available for a long time but can be unpleasant to take because of symptoms like nausea and abdominal cramps. This is still generally recommended as the first line of treatment however another more advanced preparation of oral iron has recently become available within Australia. An intravenous form of iron that is safe and easy to administer by qualified individuals is increasingly being used. Your obstetrician or professional health care provider can discuss the best option for you if treatment is required.