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When you're pregnant, you need about twice the amount of iron as you did before you were expecting because your body uses iron to make extra bloodfor your baby. And yet, about 50% of pregnant women don't get enough of this important mineral. Eating iron-rich foods and taking extra iron can help keep your iron level in check. Some common and rich sources are Beef liver, Chicken liver, Iron-fortified instant oatmeal, Iron-fortified ready-to-eat cereal, Raisins, kidney beans, Lentils, Soybeans, green leafy vegetables. Also, a lot of patients do not know what not to take when having their iron supplements. Vitamin C helps your body absorb iron better when you eat both at the same meal, whereas, certain drinks and foods prevent your body from absorbing iron. These include coffee, tea, milk, whole grains, and dairy products. Try not to eat these foods at the same meal when you're eating iron supplements. #earlypregnancy #nutritioninpregnancy #ironinpregnancy #ironrichfoods #obgyn #pregnancy