Affordable Access

[Is systematic iron supplementation justified during pregnancy?].

Authors
  • Favier, M
  • Hininger-Favier, I
Type
Published Article
Journal
Gynécologie Obstétrique & Fertilité
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2004
Volume
32
Issue
3
Pages
245–250
Identifiers
PMID: 15123124
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Considering that young women have a high risk of iron store deficiency, the iron supplementation is largely proposed during pregnancy. However, a selective supplementation reserved to anaemia women, must be preferred to a systematic supplementation which improves biological parameters of mothers but have no effect on newborns. Iron is a potentially toxic element and a not justified, supplementation could expose to high iron level and to an oxidative stress which is also observed in pregnancy pathologies (preeclamptia, gestational diabetes). Furthermore a non controlled increase of erythrocyte mass by iron supplementation could also alter the placenta exchange. As a precaution, iron supplementation may be reserved to anaemia women or with high anaemia risk. For others, nutritional advises must permit to reach iron recommendation.

Report this publication

Statistics

Seen <100 times