Did you know, that by the time you are 24 weeks pregnant, you will have produced an extra 2.5 pints of blood?
The increase in blood volume is to transport extra oxygen and nutrients to your baby – and means you need to up your iron intake.
If you are low on this essential mineral, you will feel tired and may suffer from anaemia (lack of red blood clells) – very common during pregnancy.
Tuck into these iron-rich foods to keep you healthy and boost energy levels while pregnant:
- lean meat: such as roast beef. Avoid liver, however, because of its high vitamin content. Not a fan of red meat? Poultry contains some iron too – there’s more in the leg than the breast. Chickpeas and kidney beans are good vegetarian options.
- green leafy vegetables: such as spinach, kale and broccoli.
- dried fruit and nuts: such as apricots, figs, almonds and sesame seeds.