Pregnant and post-natal women
For the future mother
During pregnancy, the body works more intensely and many organs (uterus and kidneys in particular) are working at full capacity. This additional activity involves more blood volume. But to make this supplement, the body needs iron. Adolescents, women expecting 2 or more babies, or quickly strung pregnancies are at greater risk. But even with a diet rich in iron, the need are so important that the reserves run out quickly, especially during the last two quarters.
For the baby
Iron is essential not only to ensure proper development of the baby, but also for the organs associated with pregnancy as the placenta or umbilical cord. If iron reserves are missing, there is the risk of giving birth to a premature or a too low weight baby