Pregnancy


IRON DEFICIENCY ANAEMIA DURING PREGNANCY 1

50 % of all pregnant women develop iron deficiency anaemia due to an increase in blood volume and
a growing need for iron from the unborn baby. If left untreated, iron deficiency anaemia in pregnant
women can lead to an increased risk of premature delivery or a low birth-weight baby.

POSSIBLE CAUSES OF IRON DEFICIENCY ANAEMIA DURING PREGNANCY INCLUDE: 2

  • An insufficient dietary intake - it is almost impossible for pregnant women to meet the
    increased need for iron through their diets
  • A loss of blood from bleeding haemorrhoids or gastrointestinal bleeding
  • The increased demand for iron from the unborn baby

Even if iron intake is sufficient, a pregnant woman may become anaemic because
pregnancy alters the digestive process, inhibiting the absorption of iron.

SYMPTOMS OF IRON DEFICIENCY ANAEMIA DURING PREGNANCY 1,2

  • Tiredness, weakness or fainting
  • Paleness
  • Breathlessness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Inflamed, sore tongue
  • Palpitations (rapidly beating heart)
  • Forgetfulness
  • Pica (non-nutritional cravings)

Pregnant women need twice as much iron in their diet compared to other women.
Therefore, iron supplementation is a crucial step for the prevention and treatment of
iron deficiency anaemia during pregnancy. 1

As an iron polymaltose complex, Ferrimed®, SA's #1 prescribed iron treatment 3, is clinically proven to be well tolerated. 4

For more information, please speak to your doctor or pharmacist. For full prescribing information refer to: Ferrimed® Package Insert

References:
  1. Iron Deficiency Anaemia. What is Iron-Deficiency Anaemia? Medic8.com. [online] [cited 2010 March 9] Available from: URL:http://www.medic8.com/healthguide/articles/irondeficency.html
  2. Anemia during pregnancy. RxMed: Illness Information - Valuable information for over 200 common illnesses. [online] [cited 2010 March 10] Available from: URL: http://www.rxmed.com/b.main/b1.illness/b1.1.illnesses/ anemia_during_pregnancy.html
  3. IMS Data.
  4. Borbolla JF, Cicero RE, Dibildox M, Sotres D, Gutièrrez R. Iron hydroxide polymaltose complex vs iron sulphate in the treatment of iron deficiency anaemia in infants. Revista Mexicana de Pediatria 2000;57(2):63-67

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S0 Ferrimed® Capsules / H840 (Act 101 of 1965) / Each capsule contains 50 mg elemental iron as iron (III)-hydroxide polymaltose complex and 150 µg folic acid. S0 Ferrimed® D.S. Chewable Tablets / L/8.3/201 / Each tablet contains 100 mg elemental iron as iron (III)-hydroxide polymaltose complex. S0 Ferrimed® Syrup / H842 (Act 101 of 1965) / Each 5 ml contains 50 mg elemental iron as iron (III)-hydroxide polymaltose complex.


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