Q: What causes iron deficiency anemia and what can I do to boost my iron levels during pregnancy?
A: “Iron deficiency anemia is not caused by loss of blood. In the case of pregnancy, there is a dilutional effect and it makes us seem anemic. All patients are tested for anemia at about 28 weeks. Your doctor will inform you if you are anemic and accordingly make recommendations. Do not take extra iron if you don’t need to because it can be toxic to your liver.”