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    food during pregnancy

    Hi I am currently having trouble with my Iron levels and have been told to take Iron supplements but these don't really agree with me so I would like to be able to increase my iron through diet, i do eat meat and veg but I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for foods that would be really good to eat and help me avoid having to take Iron tablets.

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    Hi Paula,

    I'm sorry to hear that.

    Food which is particularly high in iron includes: squashes, pumpkin seeds, nuts, seeds, wholegrain food, beef, lamb, spinach, chard and tofu. All these types of food are in the top ten foods highest in iron.

    Note that if you do take iron supplements then you should not take these at the same time as drinking tea as the iron will not be easily absorbed this way. Also note that you should avoid eating liver in pregnancy (even though this is high in iron) because it contains too much vitamin A which is a risk in pregnancy.

    Warm wishes,

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    Iron-Rich Foods
    Very good sources of heme iron, with 3.5 milligrams or more per serving, include:

    3 ounces of beef or chicken liver
    3 ounces of clams, mollusks, or mussels
    3 ounces of oysters
    Good sources of heme iron, with 2.1 milligrams or more per serving, include:

    3 ounces of cooked beef
    3 ounces of canned sardines, canned in oil
    3 ounces of cooked turkey
    Other sources of heme iron, with 0.7 milligrams or more per serving, include:

    3 ounces of chicken
    3 ounces of halibut, haddock, perch, salmon, or tuna
    3 ounces of ham
    3 ounces of veal
    Iron in plant foods such as lentils, beans, and spinach is nonheme iron. This is the form of iron added to iron-enriched and iron-fortified foods. Our bodies are less efficient at absorbing nonheme iron, but most dietary iron is nonheme iron.

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