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Can Anemia cause stillbirth? Kristina42585 Due January 20; Massachusetts 1751 posts
30th Nov '11

I have heard some buzz from people that anemia during pregnancy can cause a still birth :( The last time I had my blood drawn the doctor mentioned I am pretty anemic and told me to take iron twice daily. It does a number on me but I've been taking it for weeks now and don't feel a lot of improvement. Have any of you mothers or mothers to be out there experienced anemia and have you heard it can cause a still birth? I am so worried =(

Meggg ツ 3 kids; Leland, North Carolina 132 posts
30th Nov '11

I've been anemic for a long time and I have 3 healthy baby, 2 are twins.

Squeaky McGee [11 wks] Due May 7; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65288 posts
30th Nov '11

I've never heard that it can cause a stillbirth, but if you're severely anemic and your blood isn't being properly oxygenated, then your baby isn't going to be properly oxygenated either.



Some tips to help iron absorption: Take it on an empty stomach, or with a glass of OJ. Vitamin C helps the iron to be absorbed, as well as Vitamin B-12.

Dude, you Fugly! 18 kids; Winston-Salem, North Carolina 19869 posts
30th Nov '11

I'm sure its possible, because if you have iron problems and the baby is taking all your iron it can make you sick, which could make the baby not getting the nutrition it needs. I have low iron anemia, didn't find out until my first baby. I was young and didnt realize prenatals were that important. Baby didn't get enough of iron and I had a miscarriage.

Jessie + 2 ♥ 2 kids; River Grove, Illinois 13189 posts
30th Nov '11

I was anemic with my daughter and she's fine... I'm anemic again this time around too :? Iron pills just make me sick to my stomach.

Randi! 17 kids; Huntsville, Texas 2398 posts
30th Nov '11

ive been anemic since i was a child, the only time ive been severely anemic was from my paragard! While pregnant im prescribed a iron pill and stool softner!but the docs never seemed concerned by it

Kaylashandra Garland Due January 22; Australia 3 posts
30th Nov '11

If you were that anemic they would do what they did with me and do an iron infusion- basically like a blood transfusion but its iron....so i wouldnt worry about it to much...ive been aneamic through 2 pregnancy and also the one im currently pregnant with- doctors know what they are doing.

Kansas Sunshine TTC since Oct 2012; 35 kids; Kansas City, Missouri 466 posts
30th Nov '11

I suffer from anemia off and on. I had a stillborn baby, but it was genetic and not related to the anemia. Many problems can arise from anemia while pregnant especially if it is severe and untreated. So long as you take care of yourself and baby, you should be fine. :)



I highly recommend drinking your iron pills down with some milk as it is so gentle on the stomach. Preferably after a snack or light meal. Use soymilk if you're lactose intolerant like me. Then also take a vitamin b-6 along with a few fiber pills to help with the iron's effect of making you constipated. The B vitamins will help you in absorbing your nutrients better. Make sure to take really good prenatal vitamins daily. I can't stress that enough.

Squeaky McGee [11 wks] Due May 7; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65288 posts
30th Nov '11
Quoting Kansas Sunshine:" I suffer from anemia off and on. I had a stillborn baby, but it was genetic and not related to the anemia. ... [snip!] ... help you in absorbing your nutrients better. Make sure to take really good prenatal vitamins daily. I can't stress that enough."


I wouldn't recommend milk. It actually hinders the absorption of iron.

Kansas Sunshine TTC since Oct 2012; 35 kids; Kansas City, Missouri 466 posts
30th Nov '11
Quoting Squeaky McGee:" I wouldn't recommend milk. It actually hinders the absorption of iron."


Oh, I didn't know that. What about soymilk or almond milk?

Squeaky McGee [11 wks] Due May 7; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65288 posts
30th Nov '11
Quoting Kansas Sunshine:" Oh, I didn't know that. What about soymilk or almond milk?"


Hmm... I don't know about that.

his*mama TTC since Aug 2013; 1 child; Portland, Oregon 3297 posts
30th Nov '11

I was anemic and my boy is fine! I also have a friend who is severly anemic, has to have blood transfusions every other month....she has 2 healthy babies

Zeeee Due January 3 (girl); Tacoma, Washington 37 posts
1st Dec '11
Quoting Kristina42585:" I have heard some buzz from people that anemia during pregnancy can cause a still birth :( The last time ... [snip!] ... of you mothers or mothers to be out there experienced anemia and have you heard it can cause a still birth? I am so worried =("



I've never heard that and I found out I was severely anemic about 2 1/2 years ago. My iron pills don't seem to have any effects on my baby, they've checked her and checked her, and the only thing that's even remotely wrong is that I'm anemic ( not that I didn't tell them that to begin with :roll: ), no blood sugar problems or anything. You should be fine :)