May 3, 2012
Stress during Pregnancy Affects Baby’s Iron Status
(Ivanhoe Newswire) — We all know what affects the mother affects the infant, but recent research takes it a step further. Newborns whose mother is under stress during the first trimester of pregnancy may be at risk for iron deficiency, possibly leading to mental and physical delays down the road.
Iron is important in the development of the brain. Risk factors for low iron status in infants are maternal iron deficiency, smoking during pregnancy, maternal diabetes, low birth weight, preterm birth, or multiple pregnancies.
Sixty-three babies whose mothers were in the stress group had significantly lower cord-blood ferritin concentrations than the 77 infants in the control group.
"Our findings indicate that infants whose mothers were stressed during pregnancy are a previously unrecognized risk group for iron deficiency. Pregnant women should be aware that their health, nutrition, stress level and state of mind will affect their baby's health and well-being," Dr. Rinat Armony-Sivan, Ph.D., director of the psychology research laboratory at Ashkelon Academic College, was quoted as saying.
SOURCE: The Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS)