New findings from the University of California, Davis suggests women who consume the recommended daily dosage of folic acid during the first month of pregnancy may have a reduced risk of having a child with autism.
The study’s researchers previously found that women who took prenatal vitamins around the time of conception had a reduced risk of having a child with autism. These findings are consistent with findings of other studies suggesting that improved neurodevelopmental outcomes are associated with folic acid intake in early pregnancy. The current study sought to determine whether the folic acid consumed in those supplements was the actual source of the protective effect.
The study found women who consumed 600 micrograms of folic acid every day during the first month of pregnancy experienced a reduced risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder, specifically when the mother and/or her child had a specific genetic variant (MTHFR 677 C>T), associated with less efficient fola...Read More