Research Article

Anaemia of pregnancy: the changing postwar pattern.

Br Med J 1975; 1 doi: (Published 01 February 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;1:259
  1. J M Scott,
  2. H Goldie,
  3. S H Hay


    A popluation survey covering over a quarter of a century has shown clearly the improvement in haemoglobin levels in women attending antenatal clinics at the Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital. Various influences have helped to bring this about, foremost among these being routine early prophylaxis with combined iron and folate supplements. Indeed, a time-space relationship between changes in prophylactic therapy, rates of improvement, and the incidence of megaloblastic anaemia can be shown. The women at risk are still essentially the same except for a new group of young, unmarried girls, who must be watched. In our view the withdrawal of routine prophylactic therapy in pregnancy would be retrograde step.