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Daily iron during pregnancy improves birth weight

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 21 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3997
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

A daily dose of iron during pregnancy reduces anaemia and is associated with a significant increase in birth weight and a reduction in risk of low birth weight, a systematic review and meta-analysis has shown.1

The researchers, from the Harvard School of Public Health, found a dose-response relation: for every 10 mg increase in iron dose each day (up to 66 mg a day) the risk of maternal anaemia was …

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