A New Study Concluded That A Baby's Brain Development May Be "Profoundly" Affected Over The Long Term If The Mother Is Iron Deficient Early In Pregnancy.

A new study concluded that a baby's brain development may be "profoundly" affected over the long term if the mother is iron deficient early in pregnancy.

Lack of iron can lead to brain abnormalities

A new study conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center and published in PLoS One concluded that a baby's brain development may be "profoundly" affected over the long term if the mother is iron deficient early in pregnancy. Furthermore, this holds true "even if the lack of iron is not enough to cause severe anemia." (Source: Science Daily) According to Science Daily, between 35 and 58 percent of all women are iron deficient. Furthermore, 20 percent of women who are of child-bearing age have iron-deficient anemia. This means that iron deficiency can be a problem for pregnant women. The study is significant because as things stand now, doctors may not treat -- or even notice -- iron deficiency in expectant moms.
"This information is very important for clinical care," said Monique Ho, M.D., a collaborator on the study and assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Pediatrics at URMC. "Prenatal care usually involves the recommendation of a multivitamin that contains iron, which is usually prescribed after pregnancy is confirmed or at the first prenatal visit. But not all women have access to prenatal care, and not all women can take the supplements in early pregnancy due to vomiting. This study suggests it might be prudent to begin routine monitoring to detect iron deficiency earlier." (Source: Science Daily)
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