Ghanaian foods that gives blood during pregnancy
Hemoglobin (Hb or Hgb) is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body. Normal range is between 12 to 16 g/dl for adults
During pregnancy #hemoglobin is needed for the growth and development of your baby. In the mother low hemoglobin leads to anaemia which can lead to further complications like fetal distress during birth.
During pregnancy your HB is expected to be within a high range for your safety and that of your baby.
HB of 11g/dl or more is recommended. 10 g/dl is safe but even in this case you will be encouraged to boost your HB before delivery sets in.
Hemorrhage/bleeding is one of the causes of maternal mortality in #Africa.
Having a high HB makes you more safe during delivery.
In case of any complications because your HB is even high, emergency procedures can be started earlier to prevent further complications. 🔴Always take your prescribed hematenics to keep you HB high.
Eat well, take foods rich in Iron, red meat, milk green leafy vegetables etc
Take your prescribed dewormer
Know that if your HB is very low blood transfusion may be requested before your delivery or to keep your pregnancy healthy.
Don’t wait to be anemic when sources of protein and iron are so cheap and affordable in Ghana
Green leafy vegetables
Turkey berry – a rich source of iron and gives blood during pregnancy…increases the blood count of a pregnant woman.
Eat plenty fruits.
The leaves kontomire, or cocoyam leaves is rich in iron, calcium, vitamin A and C, and many more. It gives blood.
If you have any condition like #sicklecell, G6PD etc talk to your doctor and request to be seen by a specialist.
If your #HB is low 7, 8, 9 ask your midwife what you can do to increase it. You can speak to a #nutritionist as well.