Pregnancy and iron deficiency: unresolved issues

Nutr Rev. 1997 Apr;55(4):91-101. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-4887.1997.tb06460.x.


Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia are prevalent among pregnant women. The extent to which iron deficiency affects maternal and neonatal health is uncertain. Existing data suggest that maternal iron deficiency anemia may be associated with adverse outcomes, including preterm delivery and higher maternal mortality. Further research is needed on the maternal and neonatal benefits of iron supplementation during pregnancy.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anemia, Iron-Deficiency* / diagnosis
  • Anemia, Iron-Deficiency* / drug therapy
  • Anemia, Iron-Deficiency* / metabolism
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Iron / administration & dosage
  • Nutritional Requirements
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications* / diagnosis
  • Pregnancy Complications* / drug therapy
  • Pregnancy Complications* / metabolism
  • Pregnancy Outcome


  • Iron