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Getting Enough Iron After Pregnancy

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Iron is important for the health of new moms, especially if you're breastfeeding.

Low iron can cause fatigue, reduce your work capacity, stress your heart and lower your ability to fight infections.

The best sources of iron are foods such as liver and other meat, eggs, fish, nuts, seeds and leafy green vegetables.  

Iron from animal-based food is absorbed more easily.  To help your body better absorb iron from plant-based foods, include a source of vitamin C with your meals, such as a glass of orange juice, cooked or raw broccoli or strawberries for dessert. 

Wait one to two hours after a meal to drink coffee or tea. If you take a calcium supplement or antacids containing calcium, take them one to two hours after a meal. 

Iron Supplements

If you are experiencing low iron, even if you regularly eat iron-rich foods, talk with your healthcare provider about taking an iron supplement.

Resources & Links:
HealthLink BC: Iron and Your Health 
HealthLink BC: Iron in Foods

Last Updated: August 5, 2013