Iron supplements in pregnancy: safe for all women?

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... women who take iron supplements during mid-pregnancy have a higher risk of gestational diabetes, hypertension and metabolic syndrome ... "Routine iron supplementation in pregnancy is a matter of controversy and debate. The increasing reporting of harmful effects for unnecessary iron supplementation should be carefully considered. Further studies on larger cohorts are warranted to confirm these results, but glucose values should at least be monitored in iron-supplemented pregnant women."

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448