Pune: On an average five out of 10 women suffer from anemia pertaining to high iron deficiency and low haemoglobin levels, irrespective of whatever socio-economic background they belong to, said Dr Amita Phadnis, noted paediatrician and Director of city-based Oyster and Pearl (ONP) Hospitals.
She was delivering a talk under the Wellness of Mother and Baby (WOMB) initiative that was organised at the ONP Tulip Hospital at Gokhale Nagar on Senapati Bapat Road.
She noted that right from conceiving to post delivery, iron is one mineral which plays a very important role in the overall health and well-being of the mother and child.
Under WOMB initiative organised at the ONP Tulip Hospital at Gokhale Nagar, pregnant women are given free guidance on various aspects of pregnancy and infant care. Dr Archana Mehta and dietitian Pallavi Nigvekar were present on the occasion.
The programme emphasised on the importance of nutrition and healthy diet during and post pregnancy.
“Besides iron, vitamin D and DHA too play a vital role in sound health of mother and proper neuro and cognitive functioning of the baby. All deficiencies can easily be rectified with help of proper diet and additional supplements,” said Dr Phadnis.
On asked what diet is to be followed by a mother, Dr Phadnis stated, “A homely meal is an appropriate diet. It has all the necessary vitamins and nutrients needed for the mother’s nourishment.” She added, “Iron absorbing capacity varies from individual to individual hence to enhance the absorption one must make sure to include food rich in Vitamin C like lemon, oranges, sweet limes based on the advice given by the doctor.”
Many myths regarding pregnancy were unlocked in the interactive session. Along with nutrition talk, topics of breast feeding, babycare, Cord Blood Banking, Divine Garbhsanskar, Yoga and Meditation and Spirituality were discussed.