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26 weeks pregnant, low hemoglobin. Will this affect the health of baby and mother?

Hi my wife is 27 years of age & carrying approx. 49 kg weight running into her 26th week of pregnancy. In a recent test, her level of hemoglobin has been traced out only 8.6. One week ago it was 9. How would it be risky to the mother & the baby? What i need to do to increase the level & what would be the sufficient level?
Asked On : Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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OBGYN 's  Response
Mar 2013
Thank you for your query.
Anemia in pregnancy is defined as hemoglobin less than 11.
Your wife is definitely anemic.
Anemia has risks to the mother in the form of increased infection, chances of sepsis, decreased wound healing after birth, chances of cardiac failure etc.
To the baby it can cause growth retardation, growth restriction etc.
You need to consult your obstetrician and take regular iron supplements orally.
increase green leafy vegetables, liver, beef, nuts, grains, pulses, spinach, broccoli, kale, vitamin c and proteins in the diet.
Consider parenteral iron if oral iron is not tolerated.
Get complete anemia profile done and investigations for thalessemia also done.
Take regular b complex vitamins also.
take care.
Answered: Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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