Red blood cells transported inside blood vessels while being boosted by iron infusion IV therapy.

Can You Get an Iron Infusion During Pregnancy?

Iron is a major component of our health and the body’s ability to perform at its optimal peak. It plays an integral part in the production of red blood cells and the distribution of oxygen to the muscles and organs of our body.

Because of its importance, many have turned to iron infusion therapy to make sure that their bodies have adequate amounts of iron. However, those that are pregnant may wonder if this would be an appropriate course for them. In recent years a growing number of expectant mothers have incorporated iron infusion in the weeks leading up to their due date.

Let’s discuss some of the benefits of iron infusion therapy for pregnant women and identify certain situations where under proper guidance, it could be recommended.

Iron deficiency anemia (IDA)

Millions of Americans struggle with low iron levels to varying degrees. However, when levels become severely depleted, it can lead to iron-deficiency anemia. Women during pregnancy are extremely susceptible to this. The demand for red blood cells increases due to the growing needs of the fetus rapidly developing in her body.

Iron deficiency anemia can contribute to complications such as premature labor and low birth weight. In cases like these, doctors will order an iron infusion as it is the single fastest way to get iron levels to where they need to be.

Chronic fatigue and weakness

While much of the tiredness felt during pregnancy has to do with the physical demands of fetal development, low iron can contribute to this in a major way as well. Low iron increases the red blood cell deficit being pregnant has already triggered, meaning there are fewer cells to help shuttle oxygen to the muscles in the body.

With reduced oxygen to the muscles, their ability to function is diminished. Iron supplementation via IV can help increase strength and boost energy levels.

Mental clarity

One of the worst things during pregnancy is what many terms “brain fog.” Regular iron infusion therapy can help with increased reaction times, sharper thinking, emotional regulation, and fine motor skills, to name a few.

Nausea and digestive discomfort

IV treatments are ideal for expectant mothers dealing with nausea and a weakened digestive system that is prone to discomfort. The olfactory and digestive systems are completely bypassed, allowing for maximum benefit and minimal discomfort.

Maximizing absorption

A major consideration for most pregnant women is whether what they are consuming is actually being assimilated to benefit themselves and their baby. With iron supplements that are taken orally, the answer to this can be very unclear. This is why many are opting for iron infusion therapy, as it is the only method that offers 100% bioavailability making the entirety of what they are taking usable.

Under the proper guidance, it is clear why so many have begun to incorporate regular iron therapy during pregnancy. The benefits seem to be considered for both the mother and the baby growing within.

At-Home Iron Infusion With Drip Hydration

Iron IV therapy is an efficient and convenient way to increase your iron levels quickly and effectively. With Drip Hydration's at-home treatment option, our team will come to your location to administer the IV, whether that be your home or office. You will be able to relax and carry on with your daily activities, while we take care of the rest.

Contact Drip Hydration today and schedule your appointment, our experienced team is here to help you achieve optimal iron levels and improve your overall health.

Iron IV  Infusion - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Iron infusion?

Iron IV Infusion is a therapy where an enriched saline bag with iron and other vitamins is intravenously administered.

Why would a patient need an iron infusion?

Patients typically need an iron infusion to correct low blood iron levels, although infusions may also be given in advance of a medical procedure. There are many potential reasons a patient might have low blood iron, including illness, certain medical conditions, side effects from other treatments, inability to absorb adequate iron from diet or supplements, and more.

What happens during an iron infusion?

A nurse will arrive at your location at your appointment time with the necessary equipment for your infusion. They will then administer a test dose via a needle and catheter to ensure that you do not have an allergic reaction to the ingredients in the infusion.

After your test dose, your infusion will begin. This process typically takes several hours. Following your infusion, you can resume activities as normal unless otherwise instructed.

How to prepare for an iron infusion

The most significant preparation required for an iron infusion is to ensure you set aside enough time for treatment. Unlike some procedures, there is no need to fast prior to this procedure.

  • Iron infusions may take 3 or 4 hours, so bring a book, a game, music or podcasts, a computer, or sit near your TV so you can stay occupied during treatment.
  • Eat breakfast, stay hydrated, and take your medication as normal unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. You may also want to consider having a blanket on hand if you get cold easily.