Can You Get an IV Iron Infusion During Pregnancy?

You can talk to your doctor about getting an iron IV during pregnancy, especially if taking an iron supplement orally is not effective for you or causes you to experience gastrointestinal side effects.

This article will discuss whether a pregnant woman should get an iron IV during pregnancy and how it can help. We will also cover the symptoms of an overdose and the dangers of overdosing on iron while pregnant.

Should I Get an Iron IV During Pregnancy?

As your pregnancy goes on, your need for iron (both for yourself and your unborn baby) increases. The fetus will absorb iron from your body, and this may cause you to have low iron levels for yourself. This causes anemia.

Iron infusions can sometimes be a better option than oral supplements because taking iron orally can cause gastrointestinal side effects. Iron IVs can only be administered during your second and third trimester. Experts do not know the effects of iron infusions in the first trimester.

How Can an Iron IV Help Me?

Iron IVs work much faster than oral supplements and dietary changes, which can be very important if you have severe anemia.

These treatments increase your energy and make it easier to breathe. The cause of your anemia and whether you are also increasing your iron intake in other ways will determine how long the benefits last for you. The benefits can last from several months to a few years.

What are the Symptoms of Iron Overdose?

Iron overdose causes iron poisoning.

There are a number of early symptoms that indicate iron poisoning. Nausea, abdominal pain, and vomiting blood are potential symptoms. Iron poisoning can also cause diarrhea and dehydration. Your stools may be black or have blood in them. These symptoms will start within six hours of an iron overdose.

You may develop other serious side effects after an iron overdose within two days. These include dizziness, headache, and fever. Seizures, shortness of breath and fluid in your lungs, and low blood pressure with a fast or weak pulse can also occur. Iron overdose can also change the color of your skin. It can cause jaundice, which turns your skin yellow, and it can also cause grayish or bluish skin.

What are the Dangers of Iron Overdose While Pregnant?

Liver failure and bleeding or blood clots can develop within days of an iron overdose. Even if an iron overdose does not cause liver failure, it can still cause scarring of the liver, stomach, and intestines if you do not seek treatment after an iron overdose. Iron poisoning can be fatal if it causes liver failure or circulatory system shock.

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