Midwife Matters

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More Than One Reason for Pregnant Women to Take Folic Acid

on February 13, 2013

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association a new study has found that taking folic acid when pregnant can dramatically cut the risk of autism in their child.  The current recommendation for  women in pregnancy is to take 400 micrograms of folic acid to reduce the risk of spina bifida.

According to the study, to get the maximum benefit to reduce autism, women need to take the folic acid daily 4 weeks prior to conception and for the first 8 weeks of pregnancy.

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