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ADD levels associated with low folate levels in pregnancy
by Mommy MD Guide Rallie McAllister, MD, MPH

A new study, published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, found that low levels of folate in moms-to-be is linked to the development of attention-deficit/hyperactivity problems in children at age seven to nine years.

Folate is the natural form of folic acid. It’s long been believed that folate is key for a baby’s healthy nervous system development.

The researchers noted that the long term effects of poor maternal nutrition might even affect a child’s ability to interact with peers or form social bonds.

The researchers also found that children born from mothers with a low folate status had a notably smaller head circumference at birth. This finding might indicate a smaller rate of prenatal brain growth in children adversely affected by low folate levels.

The results of this study are especially a cause for concern among low-income populations where the nutritional health of the mother is a low priority, and women are less likely to take folate supplements in advance of pregnancy.


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