Serum Magnesium and Copper Levels Amongst Pregnant Women in Mosul City

Abstract

The study was conducted in Mosul during the period from September 2010 to March 2011 including two groups: the first non-pregnant women and the second pregnant women composed of 40 and 120 apparently healthy women respectively. Pregnant group was subdivided equally according to their trimester into three subgroups, women in second and third trimester having ferrous sulphate supplement. Serum magnesium and copper measurements were done for these groups of women.The results showed that serum magnesium concentration start to reduce significantly during first trimester continue to decline in second and third trimesters in comparison with non-pregnant group. Serum copper concentration start to increase significantly during first trimester continue to increase in second and third trimesters in comparison with non-pregnant group.