Does Weekly Iron Improve Pregnancy Outcomes?

Grant number: 628751 | Funding period: 2010 - 2013

Completed

Abstract

Anaemia and iron deficiency are common in pregnant women in developing countries and cause fatigue, prematurity, low birth weight, impaired infant groowth and development. Daily iron is recommended in pregnancy but often not taken because of unpleasant side-effects. Better strategies are needed to maintain iron and haemoglobin during pregnancy. We will compare the effect of weekly and daily iron tablets in 1200 pregnant Vietnamese women on anaemia rates, birthweight, maternal and infant health.

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