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Autism Prevention with Prenatal Vitamins

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Last Reviewed: Preconception & Fertility, Pregnancy Leave a Comment

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 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, NMD, is a women’s hormone expert and prominent leader in women’s medicine. As a licensed naturopathic physician who is board certified in naturopathic endocrinology, she takes an integrative approach in her clinical practice. A fierce patient advocate and completely dedicated to uncovering the root cause of hormonal imbalances, Dr. Brighten empowers women worldwide to take control of their health and their hormones. She is the best selling author of Beyond the Pill and Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth. Dr. Brighten is an international speaker, clinical educator, medical advisor within the tech community, and considered a leading authority on women’s health. She is a member of the MindBodyGreen Collective and a faculty member for the American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine. Her work has been featured in the New York Post, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Huffington Post, Bustle, The Guardian, Sports Illustrated, Elle, and ABC News. Read more about me here.