Research in Sweden shows links between anemia during early pregnancy and ADHD

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Researchers in Sweden say they have found a link between anemia during the first part of pregnancy and the child developing autism and ADHD.

Anemia is the condition where a lack of red blood cells means oxygen is not being carried properly around the body.

300,000 women and their children, born betwen 1987 and 2010, were included in the study.

Among the children of mothers who had anemia before week 31, almost 10 percent developed ADHD, 5 percent developed autism and 3 percent other neuropsychiatric conditions.