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Early prenatal anemia exposure may harm pediatric neurodevelopment

Children born to mothers who had anemia during the first 30 weeks of gestation, but not those whose mothers had anemia after 30 weeks of pregnancy, were more likely to develop intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, compared with those whose mothers didn't have anemia during pregnancy, according to a Swedish study in JAMA Psychiatry. However, researchers found that less than 1% of mothers had anemia during early pregnancy.

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