Do iron stores affect absorption and distribution of iron in pregnancy?

M. J. Murray, Nell Stein, Randal Bjerke

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Abstract

Increased iron absorption in rat pregnancy has been studied. When an amount of iron equivalent to that expected in a newborn litter is injected into rats before mating, absorption during pregnancy is reduced to nonpregnant levels. Thus, the phase of increased absorption of iron in later pregnancy seems dependent on maternal iron demands generated by the fetus and the increasing red cell mass of the mother.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)747-753
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
Volume75
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1970

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