Maternal Anemia

Maternal_Anemia_Brief.pdf

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Globally it is estimated that 41.8 percent of pregnant women are anemic, with approximately half of the anemia caused by iron deficiency. Women of reproductive age who are anemic and become pregnant are likely to have their anemia worsen due to the high demand of pregnancy. Maternal anemia is a major risk factor of delivering babies with low birth weight or small for gestational age (SGA), which brings about short and long term health and development consequences to the affected child. This brief offers background information on maternal anemia, what it means for newborns, what’s new in the discussion and where PSI stands on the topic.