anemic, 20% of adult men and 35% of adult women are anemic
with iron deficiency accounting for more than half of the cases.
Iron deficiency anemia (IDA) is widely prevalent especially
amongst women in India [3, 4, 5]. Being the most pervasive of all
nutritional deficiencies Iron deficiency particularly affects
women, especially pregnant women. Iron deficiency anemia is
considered very serious during pregnancy, with deleterious
consequences for both the mother and developing fetus. In most
species, maternal blood volume increases and hematocrit and
hemoglobin concentration fall during pregnancy; this is known as
the anemia of pregnancy. However, in a high percentage of women,
the fall in hemoglobin levels is greater than that which is regarded
as both physiological and safe . A significant proportion of these
anemias arise as a result of iron (Fe) deficiency . A specific
association between iron-deficiency anemia (low hemoglobin and
serum ferritin values) early in pregnancy and premature delivery
Contents lists available at BioMedSciDirect Publications
Journal homepage: www.biomedscidirect.com
International Journal of Biological & Medical Research
Int J Biol Med Res. 2010; 1(3): 49-53.
Dietary iron deficiency anemia and its consequences on pregnancy outcome
and duration of gestation in rats
Neetu mathur *, Sandeep Mathur , Suresh C Joshi
A R T I C L E I N F O
A B S T R A C T
a*BBD Govt. College, Chimanpura, Shahpura, Rajasthan.
bDepartment of Endocrinology, SMS Medical College, Jaipur.
cReproductive toxicology & Endocrinology unit, Department of Zoology, University of rajasthan, Jaipur.
To study the effect of dietary iron deficiency anemia on duration of gestation and pregnancy
outcome the female albino rats of Wistar strain, with similar body weight (180-200g) were fed
on iron deficient diets (30, 15, 7, 2mgFe/kg of diet) and one group on iron sufficient control diet