New study indicates that taking folic acid, multivitamins while pregnant reduces autism risk in babies
Taking a folic acid or multivitamin supplement during pregnancy reduces the risk of giving birth to a child with autism.
This is according to researchers in Israel who studied over 45,000 children and studied date that showed whether their mothers were prescribed multivitamin and folic acid supplements.
The research found that mothers who got either or both of the supplements during pregnancy had an estimated 73% lower chance of having a baby with an autism spectrum disorder than women who were not prescribed one or both of these supplements.
Of the children in the study, 572 were diagnosed with autism.
The study raises important questions about the nutrition of the mother before pregnancy as well. There are also many mothers who took adequate multivitamins and still had babies with ASD so the study needs more research.