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Daily oral iron supplementation during pregnancy. What's the evidence

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Published on Mar 7, 2016

Health Evidence hosted a 90 minute webinar examining the effectiveness daily oral iron supplementation during pregnancy. Click here for access to the Slides for this webinar: http://www.slideshare.net/HealthEvide...

Dr. Luz Maria De-Regil, Director of Research and Evaluation at the Micronutrient Initiative, led the session and presented findings from her latest Cochrane review:

Peña-Rosas J.P., De-Regil L.M., Garcia-Casal M.N., & Dowswell T. (2015). Daily oral iron supplementation during pregnancy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2015(7), CD004736.

During pregnancy, women need iron and folate to meet both their own needs and those of the developing baby. Iron and folic acid supplementation is thought to improve iron stores, prevent anaemia, and improve maternal and birth outcomes. This Cochrane review examines the effectiveness of daily iron supplements for pregnant women, either alone or in conjunction with folic acid, or with other vitamins and minerals as a public health intervention in antenatal care. 61 randomised trials (44 trials involving 43, 274 pregnant women included in the analysis) compared the effects of daily oral supplements containing iron versus no iron or placebo. Preventative iron supplements reduce maternal anaemia at term by 70% (RR 0.30; 95% CI 0.19 to 0.46) and reduce preterm babies (RR 0.93; 95% CI 0.84 to 1.03). This webinar provided an overview of the effectiveness of daily oral iron supplementation on various maternal health and infant outcomes, and explored implementation recommendations.

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