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Intermittent iron and folic acid supplementation in non-anaemic pregnant women

Over 40% of pregnant women worldwide are anaemic, with at least half of this percentage due to iron deficiency.

Pregnant women require additional iron and folic acid to meet their own nutritional needs as well as those of the developing fetus. As a result, pregnant women may have an insufficient amount of these nutrients. Deficiencies in iron and folic acid during pregnancy can potentially negatively impact the health of the mother, her pregnancy, as well as fetal development.

WHO recommends that non-anaemic pregnant women receive intermittent iron and folic acid supplementation to prevent anaemia and to improve pregnancy outcomes.

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Last update:

25 March 2014 13:34 CET

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