According to new research from the University of Texas, folic acid, when taken for one year before you conceive, can...
According to new research from the University of Texas, folic acid, when taken for one year before you conceive, can help reduce the chance of a premature birth by at least 50 percent. The new study, published in the May 12 issue of PLoS Medicine, note that there is no found reduction in the odds of giving birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy if folic acid is taken for less than a year before conception. Premature babies can have a harder time breathing, developmental and learning disabilities, and are less likely to survive than babies born closer to their due date, so this new research is very useful for creating healthier babies. Of course this is not the only reason to take folic acid. Research has shown for a long time that folic acid taken before conception has other benefits as well. Folic acid can prevent major birth defects of your baby’s brain and spine known as neural tube defects. To prevent defects and have a healthy baby the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) along with the U.S. Public Health Service recommends that all women of childbearing age need to take 400 micrograms (400 mcg) of synthetic folic acid every day. Learn how you can get enough folic acid.

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