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Folic Acid and Iron to prevent anemia and death during pregnany

Folic acid and iron can help prevent anemia which is another leading cause of death during pregnany

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Women with anemia are more likely to have dire complications when hemorrhage develops.

Severe anemia can also cause heart failure in pregnancy.

If we can prevent anemia, we can prevent these other 2 problems.

Anemia is extremely common in all pregnant women especially those in the developing world because of dietary deficiency. Most anemias can be prevented by giving iron and vitamins (folic acid) during pregnancy care of prenatal care. This routine is now common in the developed world, but involved lots of education in order to get mothers to take folic acid in the earliest days of pregnancy. In the developed world, iron and folic acid are readily available.

However, in the developing world anemia prevention could be supported by mobile technology to educate pregnant women about the need to take iron and folic acid. It could also help remind pregnant woman to take folic acid every day.


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Folate is of course present in some foods - leafy greens, egg yolks, legumes and some seeds. Does not have to be fortified foods :) Also many fruits contain folate..but perhaps not in large quantities? Dietary advice could be part of a solution for disseminating information to mothers-to-be.

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