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Anemia by lack of iron in the body causes the decrease in the capacity of the body taking oxygen from the air we breathe. Therefore, the main symptoms are tiredness, lack of wish to do things and low appetite.

Anemia is caused by nutrition low in iron. The pregnant woman needs to eat food rich in iron because she is generating a child. See the food rich in iron on page 30 (Healthy Food).

Children of pregnants with anemia have a greater chance to be born with low weight and to die within the first days of life.

A pregnant woman with pale skin, weakness, discouraged and with difficulty to win weight may have anemia. It is important that she tells the doctor what she is feeling.

The Health Ministry recommends that: every pregnant woman shall receive iron since the 5th pregnancy month until the 3rd month after the birth even though she is not anemic.