Iron Deficiency DOUBLES Depression Risk In Pregnant Women

Pregnant Women May Need More Iron To Avoid Depression Risk

Getting enough iron is vitally important for anyone looking to enjoy a healthy pregnancy. Recent findings published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada indicate that a maternal iron deficiency is associated with greater risk of depression. 

The study analysed the medical records of 142 pregnant women between the ages of 18 to 25, who visited the Women’s Health Concerns Clinic at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, Ontario between 2009 and 2016.

Blood ferritin levels during the second half of their pregnancy were measured and categorised as “iron deficient” or “iron sufficient” (having ferritin levels lower than 12 µg/L).

After completing the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS) questionnaire, to screen for symptoms of depression and anxiety during pregnancy…researchers were then able to determine how likely the women were to develop depression. They also used their EPDS scores to determine how likely the women were to develop depression during pregnancy. The data was then compared to their iron status and the following was found:

EPDS scores were significantly higher in the women with iron deficiency (10.14) than in the women who were iron-sufficient (7.87).

The risk of developing depression during pregnancy is twice as high in iron-deficient women compared with the iron-sufficient women.

While researchers claim the relationship between iron status and risk of pregnancy-related depression is still unclear; their findings suggest that iron plays an essential role in women’s mental and emotional health.

Iron deficiency has also been associated with low birth weights and increased autism risk. Good food sources to maintain your iron status include meat, poultry, fish, legumes and leafy greens,

To ensure maximum support in iron levels, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends pregnant women take an iron supplement containing 30 to 60mg of elemental iron every day.


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    January 30, 2018 at 8:09 am

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      January 30, 2018 at 12:48 pm

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