Prenatal Iron Good for Mom and Baby

Women who took iron supplements during pregnancy had a significantly lower risk of anemia and low-birth-weight babies, according to a large meta-analysis.

Iron supplementation was associated with a 50% reduction in the hazard for anemia and a 19% reduction in the risk of low birth weight.

Supplement use during pregnancy also was associated with a 50% to 60% reduction in the risk of iron deficiency and iron-deficiency anemia. Women who used iron supplements also had a 16% lower risk of preterm birth, but the difference did not achieve statistical significance,... [emphasis mine]

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