What is an IV Iron Infusion?
"Intravenous" or "IV" means giving something directly into the blood stream of the body through a vein. A needle is placed into a vein and attached to a drip that contains iron mixed with saline. This fluid is slowly infused into the vein and mixes with the blood in your body under strict sterile protocol.
Why is iron so important?
Iron is essential for the body to make hemoglobin (Hb), a pigment that makes red blood cells red. When the amount of iron in the body becomes too low, the hemoglobin level drops below normal. This is known as "iron deficiency anemia". Hemoglobin is an essential function of our body as it carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. If your hemoglobin or iron levels become low, you may experience extreme fatigue, weakness, pale skin, chest pain, shortness of breath, headache, dizziness, cold hands and feet, inflammation, brittle nails, poor appetite, and unusual cravings for non-nutritive substances (such as ice, dirt or starch). When pregnant, there is an increased risk of iron deficiency anemia. Your body produces more blood to support the growth of your baby. If you are not getting enough iron or certain other nutrients, your body might not be able to produce the amount of red blood cells it needs to make additional blood.
Problems that can occur during pregnancy:
In pregnant women, severe iron deficiency anemia has been linked to premature birth, low birth weight babies and postpartum depression. Some studies also show an increased risk of infant death immediately before or after birth.