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Anaemia in pregnancy is a significant health problem that affects over 38% of pregnant women worldwide and 25% of pregnant women in Australia. All pregnant women are at risk of anaemia due to increased iron demands as their pregnancy progresses. Furthermore, all pregnant women require more iron and folic acid than usual. Anaemia is most commonly caused by a lack of iron, but can also arise from less common causes such as nutritional deficiencies, haemoglobinopathies, infectious and chronic diseases and very rarely, malignancy.