Expecting Moms Can Protect Against Autism

Prenatal Vitamins Lower Risk




Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com

Mothers that take folic acid or multivitamins before and during pregnancy can significantly lower a child’s risk of autism, according to the latest research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry. Researchers from Canada, Israel and the School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City, studied 45,300 children, at the age of 10 on average, correlating children’s autism spectrum diagnoses with records of mothers’ supplementation.

They found that women that took the supplements prior to pregnancy were 61 percent less likely to have a child diagnosed with autism. Taking supplements during pregnancy was linked to a 73 percent reduced risk. The overall likelihood of autism was 1.3 percent of the children.


This article appears in the August 2018 issue of Natural Awakenings.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Practitioner Profiles

Start the New Year Off Right

The recipes are your guide to having fun in your kitchen creating new desserts with and for your family and friends.

Get Earthed!

Earthing has been touted as a cure for everything from jet lag and arthritis to cancer.

Embracing Your Journey Expo Slated for January 27

Purple Lotus Productions will be hosting the event, which offers eight free lectures, hands-on activities, and a gift bag to the first 100 guests.

Lost Dutchman Marathon Happening Presidents’ Day Weekend

The marathon follows a USA Track & Field-certified course and can be used as a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Add your comment: