Pregnancy: How To Protect Your Baby From Autism

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pregnant with braidsBy Staff Blogger

Every pregnant mother wants to do everything that she can to protect her baby while it is in the womb and even after it is born.

Researchers believe that taking folic acid during your pregnancy could significantly lower your child’s risk of developing autism. The study was recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and it shows that scientists believe that women who take folic acid reduce their child’s likelihood of developing Autism Spectrum Disorder by 40 percent.

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a disorder that we still know very little about. Still, scientists are working hard to find ways to lower your child’s risk of developing autism, and through their research they have come across information that may be valuable to us.

In order for those statistics to hold true, researchers believe that women who want to become pregnant should start taking folic acid four weeks before conception and continue taking folic acid eight weeks into the pregnancy. If that process is not executed to the letter then scientists do not believe that it will work. Folic acid, also known as Vitamin B9, is good because it helps with synthesis and repairs. Research has shown that it helps protect children from spinal bifida and other defects. Folic acid can be found naturally in beans, eggs, liver and leafy veggies.

The research was done by a team in Norway that observed over 85,000 babies from 2002 to 2008. Pel Surin, who is an epidemiologist from the Norwegian Institute of of Public Health, noted that taking folic acid did show results. Surin says, ‘We examined the rate of autism spectrum disorders in children born to mothers who did or did not take folic acid during pregnancy. There was a dramatic reduction in the risk of autistic disorder in children born to mothers who took folic acid supplements.’

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