Taking vitamins before and during pregnancy slashes autism risk by 75 percent new study shows

Women who take multivitamins and folic acid during or before pregnancy cut the risk of their children developing autism by nearly three quarters, according to new research.

A study of more than 45,000 children whose mothers had taken supplements were 73 percent less likely to be on the autism spectrum.

Mothers who consumed the supplements up to two years before pregnancy also reduced the risk of the developmental disorder in their children by 61 percent.

The research highlights the importance of a healthy diet especially before pregnancy as serious fetal defects develop in the first three weeks of gestation - often before women know they are pregnant.

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4th January 2018
Daily Mail