MultiVitmins Reduce Low Birth Weight for Babies
POSTED: Wednesday, June 10, 2009 - 9:29am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm
In medical news, taking multi-vitamins during pregnancy may reduce the risks of delivering a baby with low birth weight.
Right now, the World Health Organization recommends pregnant women take an iron/folic acid supplement instead of a multi-vitamin, but a new Canadian study finds multi-vitamins reduce low birth weights by 17%. This is more effective than when taking iron/folic acid supplements. Researchers say 1.5 million babies born with a low birth weight could be avoided each year if mothers get and take these prenatal multi-vitamins.