Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman's life. And while joy abounds, difficult complications can occur. Not all pregnancies are the same, and while some women have "easy" pregnancies, others may face struggles throughout their trimesters.

Understanding potential pregnancy complications and how to manage them can help prepare you for this new part of life.

Anemia

Anemia is the result of a lower-than-normal number of healthy red blood cells. The most common type of anemia, especially during pregnancy, is iron-deficiency. We need iron to make hemoglobin, which carries oxygen through our blood to all the parts of the body.

According to the National Institutes of Health, a pregnant woman needs significantly more iron than her non-pregnant peers. From the ages of 19 to 50, non-pregnant women need 18 mg of iron per day, whereas pregnant women in that age range need 27 mg.

One study indicates that a lack of iron