By Lizzie Duszynski-Goodman, Contributor, Medically Reviewed, Elizabeth Poynor, M.D., Ph.D. Gynecology-Obstetrics, Published: Jul 8, 2021

Adequate iron levels are crucial for delivery, too, says Kecia Gaither, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist and maternal-fetal medicine specialist at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in New York City. “Delivery entails blood loss, so taking iron to build up red blood cells … mitigates the adverse effects of blood loss at delivery,” she says.

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