A new study in the journal Epidemiology showed that mothers who took prenatal vitamins in the three months prior to conception had a significantly reduced risk of having children with autism or related autism spectrum disorders. The research, out of UC – Davis, suggests that taking high-quality, folate-rich prenatals before getting pregnant may help reduce risk of these increasingly common disorders by 40 percent.
The study assessed 532 children with autism or related disorders and compared them with 278 children with normal development. Research found that mothers of children with autism were less likely to report having taken prenatal vitamins during the three months before pregnancy or the first month of pregnancy (than mothers of normally developing children).
The moral of the story? If you plan on getting pregnant soon, start taking a high-quality prenatal vitamin now. One of Pharmaca’s best-sellers is New Chapter’s Perfect Prenatal, especially high in folate, which is also key in preventing neural tube defects.