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Anaemia is a condition caused by a lack of red blood cells. This causes weakness, breathlessness and reduced energy. It is quite common during pregnancy when a woman needs more iron and other vitamins.

Read more about anaemia on the NHS website.

UK NSC screening recommendation Based on the last UK NSC review of this condition that occurred in .

Screening is not currently recommended for this condition.

The UK NSC has not yet reviewed the evidence on screening for anaemia. For this reason, screening is not currently recommended.

Although screening is not recommended, all pregnant women should be offered a test for anaemia, in line with NICE guidelines.

Review cycle

Date previous review completed:

Next review estimated to be completed: 2024 to 2025.

To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.

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If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for organisation can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.