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Infographic: The Role of Iron During Pregnancy

Both mother and baby benefit when healthy iron levels are maintained during pregnancy.


Balanced iron levels are essential for a healthy pregnancy and important for the baby’s development and health. While women adjust to many changes during pregnancy, having low iron levels shouldn’t be one of them. Avoid the risks, learn why iron is essential and consult with your doctor.

The Role of Iron In Pregnancy - infographic that details why iron levels are critical for a healthy mother and baby

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