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The science of prenatal vitamins

In this video we look beneath the hood of folic acid, one of the foundational components of prenatal vitamins, to get a glimpse at how complex the science behind nutritional supplements can be.

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Twice-weekly prenatal iron as effective as daily regimen
Twice-weekly prenatal iron as effective as daily regimenAn international study published in PLOS Medicine shows no benefit in birthweight or infant growth for daily versus twice-weekly prenatal iron supplementation. Conducted by Australian researchers in Viet Nam, the results support intermittent rather than daily iron administration for pregnant populations with low rates of iron deficiency.
Prenatal folic acid may lower risk of autism
Prenatal folic acid may lower risk of autismA study by Norwegian researchers has shown that the use of folic acid supplements around the time of conception may lower the risk of autism in children. The study was published in the February 13, 2013, issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Should pregnant women receive iodine supplementation?
Should pregnant women receive iodine supplementation?US obstetricians need to once again be concerned about maternal iodine deficiency.
Prenatal vitamins: A review of the literature on benefits and risks of various nutrient supplements
Prenatal vitamins: A review of the literature on benefits and risks of various nutrient supplementsA look at the evidence in support of supplemental vitamin use during pregnancy.
Does maternal weight influence neonatal vitamin D levels?
Does maternal weight influence neonatal vitamin D levels?A small cross-sectional study suggests that neonates of obese mothers may have lower-than-normal vitamin D levels, even when maternal serum levels are adequate. The findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, underscore the need for more research on the role that vitamin D plays in the health of infants.
Study: Intermittent iron supplementation is adequate for anemia prevention
Study: Intermittent iron supplementation is adequate for anemia preventionIron supplementation 2 to 3 times a week may prevent anemia in pregnant women as well as daily supplementation, according to a recent Cochrane systematic review published online July 11.
Prenatal vitamin D, child's language development linked
Prenatal vitamin D, child's language development linkedPregnant women with low serum 25(OH)-vitamin D concentrations (≤46 nmol/L) are more than twice as likely as those with levels ?72 nmol/L to have a child whose language development is impaired.