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Non-Anemic Iron Deficiency and Iron Deficiency Anemia in Pregnancy

Authored by Dr. Michelle Sholzberg, Grace Tang, Sherri Storm –

Iron is needed for production of hemoglobin, which makes it an essential element for humans and almost all living organisms. Low iron (iron deficiency) may result in anemia, termed iron deficiency anemia (IDA), due to insufficient iron stores to support RBC production. When there is iron deficiency but there is no anemia, it is termed non-anemic iron deficiency (NAID). This health topic is an expert opinion about Iron Deficiency during pregnancy and lactation. This health topic is intended for the public and health care providers.