For Professionals: Stress during pregnancy and its link to iron deficiency in newborns

Stress during the first trimester of pregnancy can lead to increased risk of iron deficiency in newborns, according to a new study. Iron deficiency in infants is linked to behavioral and developmental issues.

Reseachers recommend high-risk infants are tested prior to their 12-month well-check visit, so the issue can be detected before it can become chronic and severe.

The study was presented April 29 at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Boston. The study was led by researchers at Ashkelon Academic College in Israel, using recruited pregnant women who were about to give birth at the nearby Barzilai Medical Center.