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Letters Iron supplementation in pregnancy

Author’s reply to Steer

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 13 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4868

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  1. Alexander Krafft, consultant1
  1. 1Division of Obstetrics, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital Zurich, CH 8091 Zurich, Switzerland
  1. Alexander.Krafft{at}

I disagree with Steer’s statement that oral iron supplementation in pregnancy has only marginal benefit1 because I think that Haider and colleagues’ study and Pena-Rosas and colleagues’ updated Cochrane review prove the opposite.2 3 4 I do agree, however, that oral iron often has unpleasant side effects and that an entire population should not be exposed to it …

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