What to Know About Iron Supplementation During Pregnancy

By emily.blumkin
March 13, 2018

During pregnancy, it is important to meet the recommended daily dose of iron to promote maternal and fetal well-being. Deficiency in iron may be associated with pre-eclampsia, preterm labor, and other disorders. Since most pregnant women's diet may not reach the recommended dose of 27mg/day, iron supplementation may be useful.

Talk to your OB/GYN clinician about if you should use supplements to incorporate iron into your diet. It's important to consult your clinician before beginning iron supplements as too much iron during pregnancy is associated with gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. Your clinician will be able to inform you on how to manage your iron to maximize your and your developing baby's health!


References: Khayat, S., Fanaei, H., & Ghanbarzehi, A. (2017). Minerals in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Review Article. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research : JCDR11(9), QE01–QE05. http://doi.org/10.7860/JCDR/2017/28485.10626