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Autism Prevention with Prenatal Vitamins

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%.

Autism | Dr. Jolene Brighten | DrBrighten.comMothers 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 defect in folate metabolism, the risk in having a child born with autism even greater.

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.

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Dr. Jolene Brighten

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Dr. Jolene Brighten is a licensed Functional Medicine Naturopathic Doctor, best selling author, speaker, and mother. Dr. Brighten specializes in women’s health, from fertility to postpartum care, adrenal and thyroid support, autoimmune conditions, and digestive disorders. In her patient centered practice, Dr. Brighten thrives on navigating the space between conventional and alternative medicine, all while working with patients to help them achieve optimum balance, health, and happiness.