An argument that non-anemic women should choose plant-based sources of iron and not supplement during pregnancy.
Last year we learned that iron supplements were harmful, but what about for, pregnant women—it’s a chief component of most prenatal vitamins. Now this is for nonanemic women—obviously if you’re iron deficient, no matter who you are, you may need extra iron, but if your blood count’s ok, is supplemental iron during pregnancy harmful, harmless, or helpful? Harmful, “non-anemic pregnant woment should not take iron supplements.” But why?
Increases the risk of low birth weight, preterm birth, and maternal hypertension. In fact, during the first trimester your body dramatically curtails iron absorption naturally. Maybe, this researcher is suggesting, it’s your body’s way of trying to protect the baby. Your body can only control the absorption of plant iron, though. Blood iron—so-called “heme” iron from animal sources, cannot be controlled by your body. It goes right through the gut and you could inadvertently get too much of it.
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