KANSAS CITY, Kan. — One in 88 children has autism. Many women wonder what they can do to lower the chances of having a child with it. New research suggests you should take a prenatal vitamin — one with folic acid. The study of 85,000 Norwegian children found a 39 percent lower risk of autism in the children whose mothers took supplemental folic acid in the month before to eight weeks into pregnancy.
The study is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. FOX 4 Medical Reporter Meryl Lin McKean talked with a metro doctor who says it’s one more reason for women to take a prenatal vitamin even before becoming pregnant.