Anemia in early pregnancy linked with risk for neurodevelopmental disorders.

Children born to mothers with iron-deficiency anemia early in pregnancy may be at higher risk for neurodevelopmental disorders, a new study suggests.

In an analysis of data on more than half a million babies born in Sweden, researchers found that anemia in the mother before the 30th week of pregnancy was linked with a heightened risk of disorders including autism, ADHD and intellectual disability.

The study doesn’t prove the anemia causes these problems; it only shows an association. Still, said study coauthor Renee Gardner, the findings suggest “it may be even more important than we have previously understood to boost low iron levels among women who are considering becoming pregnant or who are within the early weeks of pregnancy.” Read more

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