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Iron supplementation in pregnancy

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 10 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4399
  1. Alexander Krafft, consultant
  1. 1Division of Obstetrics, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital Zurich, CH 8091 Zurich, Switzerland
  1. Alexander.Krafft{at}

At last, benefits on maternal measures and risk of low birth weight are shown

In the linked review and meta-analysis of anaemia, prenatal iron use, and the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes (doi:10.1136/bmj.f3443), Haider and colleagues make a strong case for iron supplementation in pregnancy.1 Iron deficiency is the world’s most common and widespread nutritional disorder. Not only does it affect many women and children in developing countries, it is the one nutritional deficiency that is also highly prevalent in industrialised countries. World Health Organization data indicate that a staggering two billion people—around 30% of the world’s population—may have anaemia, mainly as a result of iron deficiency, often exacerbated in resource poor areas by infectious disease.2 Iron deficiency is thus …

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