Stress and Pregnancy

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A new study finds newborns whose mothers are under stress during the first trimester may be at risk for low iron status, which could lead to physical and mental delays down the road.

Dr. Joe Austerman from Cleveland Clinic says, “They found that mothers with high levels of stress correlated with lower levels of iron in the baby. And why this is important because low levels of iron in our bloodstream as children have significant effects on our physical development, as well as our cognitive development.”

The bottom line is do not stress out during pregnancy as it not only affects you, but it may have long-term effects on your baby.

The study was presented at Pediatric Academy Societies annual meeting.