Are you pregnant and you experience fatigue, tingling, memory loss, depression and you are very sick? It could well be. To a vitamin B12 deficiency.
Such a vitamin B12 deficiency occurs not just once. Vitamin B12 is the only water-soluble vitamin that is stored in the body. It is necessary for the production of red blood cells and the proper functioning of the nervous system. A good stock is sufficient for at least three and up to ten years. If you’re going through it, the blood levels drop and start to feel the symptoms of deficiency.
The most common cause is a disturbed absorption in the gastrointestinal tract. But when a long time with little or no meat, fish, eggs and milk at you have developed. Vitamin B12 deficiency in addition, certain medications, nitrous oxide and alcoholism a cause.
The symptoms of B12 deficiency in some cases vague and can lie dormant for some time before you notice them. So you can suffer from numbness or burning sensation right in your arms, legs, hands and / or feet. You can suffer from mood swings or apathy. Furthermore you suffer from muscle pain, an inflamed tongue or inaction example, heavy or long periods. If you already had these symptoms you may have more nausea and fatigue and other “typical” pregnancy ailments during your pregnancy.
Testing and treatment
A prolonged deficiency can cause permanent damage. Let why you test this vitamin if you have the above symptoms. Have a good Hb level than that does not mean that your B12 level is good. If after a test has shown that you have a deficiency, should be. Treated early during your pregnancy because you use more vitamin B12. The treatment consists of injections or tablets.
Folic acid cannot be converted in the body when a vitamin B12 deficiency exists. It has been found that mothers with a child with spina bifida significantly lower values of serum B12 had than mothers with healthy children. When your baby is born and you are breastfeeding while you have an untreated vitamin B12 deficiency, give you this deficit through to your baby. Already at the age of 3 or 4 months, non-specific symptoms such as developmental delay and prevent a growth curve. Also mothers during pregnancy a vitamin B12 deficiency had a greater chance of a crybaby. Therefore it is important to vitamin deficiency to take it seriously.