WHO Recommendations on Antenatal Care for a Positive Pregnancy Experience

The World Health Organization (WHO) released global, evidence-based guidelines on routine antenatal care (ANC) for pregnant women and adolescent girls receiving ANC in a healthcare or community facility and their unborn and newborn children. The guidance combines or supersedes a number of former guidelines into one comprehensive guideline for care during pregnancy. Some of the anemia-related recommendations include daily supplementation of 30-60 mg of elemental iron and 0.4 mg folic acid during pregnancy to prevent maternal anemia, as well as full blood count testing for diagnosing anemia in pregnant women. The new guideline is intended for a wide audience, including policymakers, health professionals, and program implementers.

WHO, 2016