A study led by the University of California researchers explain mothers of young autistic children might not have taken the required amount of iron supplements during and before their pregnancy phase in comparison to their other peers who gave birth to neurotypical children.
Iron is critical in aiding early brain development of the brain in young children. Iron is seen to be a major contributor to immune functionality and neurotransmitter production.
Rebecca Schmidt says, “Deficiency of Iron and the resultant anemia is seen to be a common occurring nutrient deficiency during the earlier phases of pregnancy, that is seen to affect almost 50 percent of young mothers.”
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During early 2011, Schmidt and her team had researched links to supplemental folic acids with a reduced risk for ASD. These findings were further seen to be replicated in consecutive studies.
The current study emphasizes the link between autism risk and iron intake. Further, the researchers ran a quick analysis of the mother-children pair data between the years 2002 and 2009. The data was obtained from North Californian based research center.
The daily iron intake of the mothers during their phase of pregnancy was accurately recorded while taking into consideration other viable data such as nutritional supplement intake and their breakfast habits.
Researchers explain about finding lower maternity iron intake to be linked with greater risk of the offspring being born autistic. The researchers analyzed the risk to be five times higher if the pregnant mothers had crossed 35 or had a diabetic risk.
Schmidt explains, “ASD risk and lower iron intake during maternity phase was seen to have a strong link during breastfeeding time, after adjusting the folic acids’ intake.”
She further says, “Age also played a greater role, and mothers who were older were seen to be at a greater risk.”
Further, the deficiency in iron is seen to be commonly occurring among women who have metabolic conditions.
Schmidt adds, nevertheless; it is better to exercise caution until these studies are completely replicated.
The important takeaway message for expectant mothers is to follow the recommendations of the doctor in charge of their case. Taking daily recommended dosages and vitamins throughout the phase of pregnancy as advised is important.
“If you see any side effects, it is better discussing with your doctor rather than having them self-addressed, explain Schmidt.”