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Pregnant women can take less iron

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Taking iron supplements one to three times a week is just as effective at preventing anaemia in pregnant women as taking them every day, a new review of the existing evidence has concluded.

Researchers analysed data from 18 trials involving a total of 4,072 pregnant women who took iron supplements alone, with folic acid or with multi-vitamin and mineral supplements.

They found women who took iron supplements once, twice or three times a week on non-consecutive days were no more likely to suffer from anaemia by the end of their pregnancies than those who took them daily. Their babies were no more likely to be born early or have a low birth weight and they were also less likely to experience side effects.

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