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Vol. 27, No. 4, 1983
Issue release date: 1983
Section title: Paper
Ann Nutr Metab 1983;27:320–327
(DOI:10.1159/000176693)

Iron Supplements versus Placebo during Pregnancy: Its Effects on Iron and Folate Status on Mothers and Newborns

Zittoun J. · Blot I. · Hill C. · Zittoun R. · Papiernik E. · Tchernia G.
aService Central d’Hématologie-Immunologie (Prof. C. Sultan), Hôpital Henri-Mondor, Créteil et Hôtel-Dieu, Paris; bService d’Obstétrique et Laboratoire d’Hématologie, Hôpital Antoine-Beclère, Clamart; cUnité de Recherches Statistiques de l’Inserm (U-21) et Département de Statistique Médicale de l’Institut Gustave-Roussy, Villejuif, France

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Abstract of Paper

Received: 6/7/1982
Accepted: 9/10/1982
Published online: 11/18/2008

Number of Print Pages: 8
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0250-6807 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9697 (Online)

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Abstract

Iron and folate status of 203 pregnant women have been evaluated at 6 months gestation and on the same women and their newborn infants at delivery. The women who had, at 6 months gestation, a Hb level below 11 g/dl were systematically given iron supplements. Iron or placebo were randomly allocated to the other women. At 6 months of pregnancy, one quarter of the women had a Hb level under 11 g/dl but one third had a serum ferritin level below 12 μg/l and more than half had low levels of serum and red cell folate. Iron supplements induced an increase both in Hb levels and in serum ferritin values; however, no significant differences were observed in serum ferritin of the newborn infants, whether their mothers had received iron supplements or not. These results have led us to reconsider the value of ferritin levels at birth as an index of iron stores in the infant. Iron supplements had no effect on the folate status in mothers or infants or on the frequency of obstetrical complications. A significant relationship was found between maternal folate levels and length of gestation. Folate supplementation may reduce the incidence of premature delivery.


  

Author Contacts

Dr. Jacqueline Zittoun, Service Central d’Hématologie-Immunologie, Hôpital Henri-Mondor, F-94010 Créteil (France)

  

Article Information

Received: June, 7, 1982
Accepted: September, 10, 1982
Published online: November 18, 2008
Number of Print Pages : 8

  

Publication Details

Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism (Journal of Nutrition, Metabolic Diseases and Dietetics)

Vol. 27, No. 4, Year 1983 (Cover Date: 1983)

Journal Editor: Elmadfa I. (Vienna)
ISSN: 0250–6807 (Print), eISSN: 1421–9697 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/ANM


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Paper

Received: 6/7/1982
Accepted: 9/10/1982
Published online: 11/18/2008

Number of Print Pages: 8
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0250-6807 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9697 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/ANM


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