When I was pregnant with my first child, I had no idea what to expect. I figured I was going to be okay. It was just a normal pregnancy; no complications. After delivering my baby, I went on to have my second child. During my second pregnancy, I had some problems with my blood sugar. I was diagnosed with postpartum anemia, which is an anemia caused by a lack of oxygen in the blood.
According to the Mayo Clinic, postpartum anemia is a common issue during pregnancy, but it can also cause problems with your baby. Symptoms of the condition include fatigue and nausea, headaches, and the inability to carry out simple tasks. This often leads to major health issues for women who have a baby in the womb.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to the doctor’s office and they have come back to me and said, “Oh, I’m sorry, this is an issue with your blood sugar. It’s not uncommon for women to have postpartum anemia during pregnancy.” I’m not going to lie to you. Sometimes I get a phone call telling me that I have postpartum anemia.
I can’t say that I really know much about postpartum anemia. I feel like there is a lot of misinformation, but so be it. The symptoms of this condition sound so much like a hangover or a hangover problem. The lack of energy, fatigue, and the inability to carry out simple tasks seem to be the most common. I feel like there are some serious misconceptions being made about this condition.
Actually it’s a rare condition. There are about 25 cases reported in the U.S. each year. Of these, about 11.5% are diagnosed in the first trimester, 12.5% in the third trimester, and 21.8% in the fourth trimester. Of the anemia cases diagnosed during pregnancy, about half have the symptoms of postpartum anemia. Of the remaining cases, about a third have the symptoms of a hangover.
Postpartum anemia isn’t a condition. It’s a symptom. It’s a disease. It’s not a disease, a symptom, or a pregnancy. It’s a condition that’s a real, legitimate medical problem. So the question really becomes, is this a disease we should be taking care of instead of simply calling it something else? One of the most famous and well-respected experts in the field of postpartum anemia, Dr.
Iain Banks, MD, has called it a condition. I’ve called it the “new norm.” I know that the whole concept of “normal” is that it seems to be something we all agree is normal. But the fact is that the real norm is a woman who has a baby and then goes to the hospital, feels a little tired, and ends up with a headache. If you think about it, when you are expecting a baby, you are actually not having a great time.
For the past few months Ive been having postpartum symptoms, like a little headache, that are so bad that they actually make it hard to work. I feel like I’ve been on a roller coaster, only this one is really going up.
Postpartum anemia is a condition in which the body’s red blood cells are too low and it makes it difficult to deliver a baby. In general, women are more prone to having postpartum symptoms because it is so common and women are more likely to have it when they are pregnant. Men have much less of the condition as the body’s hormones and blood levels are more stable. Postpartum anemia is one of the most common complications of pregnancy.
For the second time in a week, I am reminded of the phrase “I can’t live without you.” I’ve been reading a lot lately about how postpartum anemia can be very painful and can even result in death. I’ve read about things like low blood sugar, but I’ve never actually seen it. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a baby or have to go through it alone.