A primigravida patient asks the nurse how much iron she needs during her pregnancy. The correct response from the nurse is

30 mg per day


• During pregnancy, approximately 30 mg of iron is recommended per day.

• Iron is important for the formation of hemoglobin to carry oxygen throughout the body. Iron will be transferred to the fetus even if maternal iron intake is inadequate, which causes depletion of the mother's iron stores.

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