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Daily Iron Supplements Not Necessary To Prevent Anemia In Pregnant Women

July 11, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
Pregnant women need not take iron supplements every day to get the same health benefits, according to a review of clinical studies. In addition, they experience  fewer side effects. Iron supplements are taken during pregnancy to prevent anemia, a condition that harms not only mothers but their infants. But an analysis of 18 clinical trials involving more than 4,000 women found that iron supplements taken only two or three times a week were just as beneficial; and women were less likely to experience side effects like nausea, constipation and high hemoglobin levels.
Juan Pablo Peña-Rosas et al., "Intermittent oral iron supplementation during pregnancy", Cochrane Reviews, July 11, 2012, © John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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