New study suggests taking multivitamins in pregnancy reduces the chances of having an underweight baby
Taking multivitamins in pregnancy can greatly cut the risk of having an underweight baby, according to a new study undertaken in the UK.
Taking a specially designed supplement could half the chance of having a small baby, the research indicates. And, the supplement also improves the health of the mum-to-be, the Telegraph has reported.
Babies that are born underweight are more likely to have health problems, such as breathing difficulties, and experts think they could also be more prone to illnesses later in life like diabetes and heart disease.
“It is especially important to have good nutrient levels during early pregnancy as this is a critical time for development of the foetus,” said Dr Louise Brough, one of the study’ co-authors.
“Nutrient deficiencies are correctable and they may influence birth outcomes.
“Of course a good diet during pregnancy is important for a healthy pregnancy, but for those who do not have a good diet, multivitamin and mineral supplements will help to reduce the risk of deficiency.”
The study involved 400 newly pregnant women from Hackney, east London, though only 149 of the mums-to-be completed the study. The researchers have called for larger studies to be undertaken, so their findings can be confirmed.
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