A new Cochrane Review of iron supplementation in pregnancy says that it is possible to prevent anemia in pregnancy with intermittent iron supplementation. In plain English this means that you can take your iron supplements one to three times a week and have it be just as effective as taking it everyday according to this research.
Being anemic in pregnancy is a fairly common problem. You may not notice it because one of the main signs you notice is fatigue, a normal pregnancy symptom. Most practitioners will routinely test you for anemia in your prenatal care blood work. Standard treatment to prevent anemia used to be daily supplementation with iron. This can lead to nasty side effects like:
This study included iron supplements taken alone, in combination with a multi-vitamin and in combination with folic acid.
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Peña-Rosas JP, De-Regil LM, Dowswell T, Viteri FE. Intermittent oral iron supplementation during pregnancy. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2012, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD009997. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009997. URL Upon publication: http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/14651858.CD009997
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