developing postpartum depression.
If you suspect that you make have an iron deficiency, it is important that you check with your doctor before self-diagnosing. Overdosing on iron supplements can be dangerous and cause liver damage.
Once your doctor determines that you have an iron deficiency, they will prescribe you the proper dose.
Although you may begin feeling better a week into taking supplements, it can take several months to a year to fully restore your iron levels.
You may consider scheduling a follow-up appointment with your doctor to recheck your iron levels and make sure the supplements are working.
How to naturally treat iron deficiency anemia
You can naturally increase your iron levels by consuming more iron-rich foods:
- dark green leafy vegetables (e.g., spinach)
- red meat
- poultry, pork
- dried fruit
- iron-fortified bread, cereal, and pasta
- Taking a vitamin C supplement or eating foods containing vitamin C, such as citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, melon, leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, and bell peppers
In order to prevent any further damage or pregnancy complications, it is important that you treat iron deficiency right away. One way you can prevent this is by making sure your doctor checks your ferritin levels regularly. If your doctor doesn’t do it on their own, take charge of your own health and ask for one.