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An All Important Pregnancy Vitamin

An All Important Pregnancy Vitamin
With the incidence of autism among American children estimated to be about one in every 88 children, the specter of this brain-development disorder casts a heavy shadow in the minds of many parents. Thus, it certainly comes as welcome news that recent research shows that by simply supplementing her diet with a B vitamin known as “folic acid” (called “folate” in its natural form), a mother-to-be can reduce her risk of giving birth to an autistic child by about 40 percent. This finding makes it all the more important that women intent on becoming pregnant avail themselves of the vitamin (400 micrograms daily) that has already proven to reduce the incidence of other birth (neural tube) defects.