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Autism Prevention with Prenatal Vitamins

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A recent study in the July issue of Journal of Epidemiology suggests that taking prenatal vitamins may decrease the risk of autism by approximately 40%. Yes, research is suggesting autism prevention with prenatal vitamins is worth a conversation with your doctor.

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Autism | Dr. Jolene Brighten |

Autism Prevention with Prenatal Vitamins

Mothers of children with autism and autism spectrum disorder were less likely to report taking prenatal vitamins 3 months prior to conception and during the first month, the study reports.

For mothers not taking prenatal vitamins who also have a genetic variation in folate metabolism, the risk in having a child born with autism even greater.

Timing of Prenatal Vitamins

The timing of vitamin use was also found to be important in reducing the risk of autism. Mothers taking these vitamins in the first month of pregnancy had a significant decrease of having a child born with autism (as measured in children 5 years of age).

For mothers taking prenatal vitamins in the second month, there was no significant difference in autism birth outcomes. It is important to note that while the vitamins may not be of benefit to autism prevention at this stage of pregnancy, there are many benefits in utilizing a prenatal during pregnancy.

For women considering becoming pregnant, preconception healthcare can be beneficial for both the health of the mother and the child. Ensuring your health is optimal can be one of the best gifts you can give your child.

Based on the research, beginning a prenatal vitamin with methylated folate and B12 when considering becoming pregnant can be of great benefit to both mother and child.

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Dr. Jolene Brighten

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Dr. Jolene Brighten, NMD, is one of the leading experts in women’s medicine and is a pioneer in her exploration of the far-reaching impact of hormonal birth control and the little known side effects that impact health in a large way. In her best selling book, Beyond the Pill, she shares her clinical protocols aimed at supporting women struggling with symptoms of hormone imbalance, including Post-Birth Control Pill Syndrome and birth control related side effects. A trained nutritional biochemist and Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Brighten is the founder and Clinic Director at Rubus Health, an integrative women’s medicine clinic. She is a member of the MindBodyGreen Collective and has been featured in prominent media outlets such as Forbes, Cosmopolitan, ABC news, and the New York Post. Read more about me here.