Multiple micronutrient supplementation during pregnancy in low-income countries: a meta-analysis of effects on stillbirths and on early and late neonatal mortality
Ronsmans, Carine, Fisher, David J., Osmond, Clive, Margetts, Barrie M. and Fall, Caroline H.D. (2009) Multiple micronutrient supplementation during pregnancy in low-income countries: a meta-analysis of effects on stillbirths and on early and late neonatal mortality. [in special issue: Multiple Micronutrient Supplementation During Pregnancy in Developing Country Settings] Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 30, supplement 4, S547-S555. (PMID:20120796).
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Background: multiple micronutrient deficiencies are common among women in low-income countries and may adversely affect pregnancy outcomes.
Objective: to conduct a meta-analysis of the effects on stillbirths and on early and late neonatal mortality of supplementation during pregnancy with multiple micronutrients compared with iron-folic acid in recent randomized, controlled trials.
Methods: twelve randomized, controlled trials were included in the analysis (Bangladesh; Burkina Faso; China; Guinea-Bissau; Indramayu and Lombok, Indonesia; Mexico; Sarlahi and Janakur, Nepal; Niger; Pakistan; and Zimbabwe), all providing approximately 1 recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of multiple micronutrients or iron-folic acid to presumed HIV-negative women.
Results: supplementation providing approximately I RDA of multiple micronutrients did not decrease the risk of stillbirth (OR = 1.01; 95% CI, 0.88 to 1.16), early neonatal mortality (OR = 1.23; 95% CI, 0.95 to 1.59), late neonatal mortality (OR = 0.94; 95% CI, 0.73 to 1.23), or perinatal mortality (OR = 1.11; 95% CI, 0.93 to 1.33).
Conclusions: our meta-analysis provides consistent evidence that supplementation providing approximately 1 RDA of multiple micronutrients during pregnancy does not result in any reduction in stillbirths or in early or late neonatal deaths compared with iron-folic acid alone.
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
|Date Deposited:||16 Mar 2010|
|Last Modified:||31 Mar 2016 13:15|
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