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Prenatal Vitamins May Lower Autism Risk
Autism historically occurs at a rate of about 4 per 10,000, but recent estimates have shown the real rate may be 400% higher – at about 15-20 per 10,000.
The latest thinking is that professionals now have greater awareness and more ability to make accurate diagnoses of the condition.
For purposes of this article, the reason doesn’t matter. The bottom line is that autism can be a highly disabling condition to the children and families affected by it. And, the rate is high such that state governments and families struggle with what to do with people with the condition.
Well, fortunately, some good news has been released.
Researchers in Sweden found a link between mothers who took prenatal vitamins and the incidence of autism. In fact, the chances of having a child with autism were 30% lower among mothers who took a prenatal multivitamin.
Make Sure You Understand What This Means
While researchers found this connection, they did not find a cause-and-effect link. In other words, they don’t know for certain multivitamins themselves are responsible for lower autism rates.
So, you can’t take a prenatal multivitamin and feel guaranteed to have a much lower chance of having a child with autism.
It could be that mothers who take prenatal vitamins have a stronger focus on overall health than those who do not. And as a result, perhaps something else they do actually accounts for the lower autism risk.
Now, all that being said, taking a prenatal vitamin with or without added iron or folic acid certainly does not increase your child’s chances of having autism.
And it certainly won’t increase the likelihood of harm to the mother or child.
Then again, if we’re being totally honest, we sell organic vitamins and supplements.
What Do You Do?
Well, you have to consider all the evidence available and make the best decision you know how.
Researchers noted that a future study which randomly assigns mothers to study groups which do and do not take prenatal multivitamins could pin down the issue.
For now, you certainly don’t cause yourself or your unborn child any harm by taking a prenatal multivitamin. And if you have any concerns, you can always talk to your doctor.