Food that gives blood during pregnancy in Nigeria. Nigerian foods rich in iron for pregnancy.
Iron deficiency anemia (or a low level of iron) , a type of nutritional anemia is commonest type of anaemia in pregnant African or Nigerian women, especially in the last trimester since your body requires more iron to create more hemoglobin as the volume of blood increases during pregnancy.
Therefore, the intake of iron-rich foods such as chia seeds should be doubled. Iron is also responsible for oxygen transportation through your bloodstream to the baby and even the production of red blood cells. It is therefore very important to ensure you eat foods rich iron to get blood.
A woman who is pregnant or breastfeeding needs more than twice as much iron as a man. Children who do not eat enough iron-rich foods are also at risk. Iron is important because your body needs it to make the protein called hemoglobin. Without hemoglobin your red blood cells can’t carry oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body…
Some foods are very rich in iron and can be used to treat or even prevent iron deficiency anaemia in pregnancy. It is important for us to look at the iron-rich foods peculiar to us as Nigerians.
In this article we are going to list out the Nigerian foods that gives blood during pregnancy so that you will add these foods to your pregnancy meal timetable for food.
Food that gives blood during pregnancy in Nigeria.
These Nigerian foods are very rich in iron, folic acid, Vitamin C and calcium and helps to boost blood level in pregnancy. Eat these foods please and add it to your pregnancy meal timetable please. Dont rely on only antenatal drugs or prenatal drugs to boost your blood level.
Nigerian pregnant women should eat these foods to give them blood.
- Unripe plantain
- Pumpkin leaves (Ugwu leaves)
- Efo leaves
- Snail (forget the superstition…. Snail is rich in iron and a blood booster in pregnancy)
- Ogbono soup
- bitter leaf soup
- Meat (cow meat, goat meat, bush meat)
- Black soup
- Pounded yam and egusi soup
- Wheat swallow
- Unripe plantain swallow
- Miyan karkashi
- Tuwo masara
- Tuwo shinkafa
- Poundo yam
- Palm oil
- Water yam
- Fuku elegusi
- Dark green leafy vegetables, such as spinach
- Dried fruit, such as raisins and apricots.
- Organ meats such as liver, gizzards, kidneys.
- Chia seeds
- Tomato stew
- Okra soup
- Citrus fruits
- Cashew nuts
- Guava fruit
- Take diary products… They are rich in calcium.
- Please ensure beetroots is added to your food daily, it is rich in iron.
- Eat lots of watermelon… It helps to increase hemoglobin levels in pregnancy
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