Taking iron helps reduce risks in anaemic, pregnant women
Karina Luik, a medical student at the University of Tartu, studied Estonian pregnant women and found that anaemia during pregnancy is associated with many pregnancy complications. Her study shows that taking iron supplements helps reduce the risk of complications, but the treatment helps only the pregnant women who have anaemia. If there is no anaemia, the iron supplements do not give the expected benefits.
During pregnancy, the woman’s blood volume increases about 40% and more iron is needed for intensive haemopoiesis. Otherwise, iron deficiency anaemia may develop, which is one of the most common problems during pregnancy. Anaemia during pregnancy is associated with the risk of many pregnancy complications.
The student, Karina Luik, and her supervisor, Kristiina Rull, from the Women’s Clinic of the University of Tartu assessed the spread of anaemia among pregnant women and the correlation between anaemia and various pregnancy complications. They also analysed the use of iron supplements and its correlation with pregnancy complications.
Read the full article from researchinestonia.eu.