Letters Iron supplementation in pregnancy

Healthy pregnant women still don’t need routine iron supplementation

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4866 (Published 13 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4866
  1. Philip J Steer, obstetrician1
  1. 1Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London SW10 9NH, UK
  1. p.steer{at}imperial.ac.uk

It seems odd that Krafft’s associated editorial adopts such a celebratory tone. He says that many years have been spent “looking for better evidence favouring iron supplementation in pregnancy”1 but does not consider the possibility that the failure of so many studies to find a significant advantage might mean that the value is marginal.

Despite the large number …

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