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Pregnancy and Iron

Can’t stomach iron?  Try a gentler alternative.

The importance of healthy maternal iron levels is well known: babies born to women with low iron are more likely to be small, and prone to circulation and heart problems later in life1

But with up to two thirds of women not getting enough iron in their daily diet - and pregnancy adding even greater nutritional demands - supplementation is often necessary.

But iron supplements come with their own, unique set of “problems”.

Tablets containing the most common form of iron, ferrous sulphate, are notorious for causing constipation – something pregnant women already know a thing or two about!

It’s estimated 1 in 4 pregnant women experience constipation at some stage during their pregnancy, particularly during the first and second trimesters2.

If you’d prefer not to add this complaint to your already-long list of pregnancy woes, there’s an alternative you can try:  Clements Iron.

Clements Iron contains a special, gentler form of iron called Ferrochel™, an amino acid chelate. 
This form of iron is better absorbed and gentler on the stomach, avoiding unpleasant side effects such as bloating and constipation.

Plus, the balanced formula contains helpful, energy-giving B-Vitamins and minerals such as Zinc, Potassium, Iodine and Manganese for a further nutritional boost.

Best of all, the liquid formula is easy to take and fast acting – particularly useful during those queasy, morning sickness times when tablets (along with everything else!) seem to have a hard time staying down long enough to be absorbed.

So if your tummy’s already doing a hard enough job without being all blocked up from iron, look for Clements Iron… the smart choice for mum-to-be.

References:
1. Effect of early maternal iron stores on placental weight and structure; Hindmarsh et al, The Lancet Vol 356, August 26, 2000.
2. Constipation common in pregnancy; Dr. Bradley et al, Journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, December 2007.