IFAS During pregnancy

WHAT’S IFAS

IFAS IS IRON AND FOLIC ACID SUPPLEMENT GIVEN TO PREGNANT MOTHERS DURING ANC 

Background Information

Anemia is a medical condition in which capacity of the blood to transport oxygen is reduced either by low red blood cells level or low haemoglobin. 

According to WHO(World Health Organization) 41.8 % of pregnant women world wide are anemic. At least Half of the anemia burden is believed to be iron deficiency related the other half is caused by folic acid, vitamin A, parasitic infections and inflammatory chronic illnesses like HIV(Human immunodeficiency virus) and cancer. 


EFFECTS OF NOT USING IFAS

  • Low birth weight
  • Increase risk of premature babies
  • Increase risk of neural tube effect. 
  • Increase risk of maternal anaemia

EXPECTED SIDE EEFFECT OF IFAS

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

HOW TO MANAGE SIDE EFFECTS

  • Take your daily dose after a meal, preferably a snack like at ten o’clock or 4 o’clock. 
  • Down it with Orange juice or other citrus products instead of water. 
  • Avoid milk for two hours after your IFAS intake
  • If symptoms persist see a doctor to review your dosage. 

WHEN AND HOW TO TAKE

  • Start within the first twenty weeks of pregnancy
  • Take one tablet a day 
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  1. Prenatal vitamins containing l-methylfolate have been compared with ones containing folic acid during pregnancy and the results are mixed. Some experts say that new research will eventually change the guidelines for women, while others say there’s not a compelling case to do so. The choice is yours until more clear information is provided, but as always, be sure to check with your doctor or midwife before making any changes. Let us know what you decide in the comments.

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