Dr. Rafat Rasheed, Dr. Omyya Baloch, Dr. Tehreem Qayyum
Hb concentrations during pregnancy were significantly lower among women who were anemic before 273 million children under five years are anemic around the globe. The burden of anemia during pregnancy is high in South East Asia and more than 4 women suffer from anemia during their pregnancy. There could be various reasons of anemia but iron deficiency anemia has been the most common among them and it has high association with increased risk of maternal and perinatal mortality and adverse birth outcomes. The study has demonstrated that with combination preconception supplementation with MM or IFA in comparison to FA alone resulted in modest increases in prenatal plasma ferritin. Regardless increased compliance with the interventions both before and during pregnancy, anemia remained prevalent and did not respond to the micronutrient interventions.