Navigation Links
Taking folic acid for a year before pregnancy may reduce risk of preterm birth
Date:5/12/2009

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., MAY 11, 2009 Women who take folic acid supplements for at least one year before they become pregnant may cut their risk of having a premature baby by half, according to research published this week in the online journal, PLoS Medicine.

The study links pre-conceptional folate supplementation of at least one year to reduced early premature delivery rates of 50 to 70 percent, regardless of age, race or other factors. Of particular note is the drop in very early premature births, those babies who are at the greatest risk of complications such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation, chronic lung disease, and blindness.

The study is an observational analysis based on the self-reporting of folate supplementation by 38,033 participants in an earlier trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH.) The current study only examined singleton pregnancies and excluded pregnancies with medical or obstetrical complications such as preeclampsia, chronic hypertension, or other abnormalities.

"Through the NIH trials, we received highly accurate evidence of gestational age enabling us to determine that folate supplementation for at least one year is linked to a 70 percent decrease in very early preterm deliveries (20 to 28 weeks gestation) and up to a 50 percent reduction in early preterm deliveries of 28 to 32 weeks," said Radek Bukowski, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, the lead study author.

"We already know that folic acid supplementation beginning before pregnancy and continuing into the first trimester helps prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spinal cord, such as spina bifida," said Alan R. Fleischman, M.D., senior vice president and medical director of the March of Dimes. "Dr. Bukowski's research makes us optimistic that taking folic acid for at least one year before pregnancy also may greatly reduce the risk of premature birth and reinforces our message that every woman of childbearing age should consume 400 micrograms of folic acid daily."


'/>"/>

Contact: Elizabeth Lynch
elynch@marchofdimes.com
914-997-4286
March of Dimes Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. APA Poll Finds Economic Stress Taking a Toll on Men
2. Polls Show Americans Concerned About Swine Flu, Taking Actions to Protect Themselves
3. Taking Control of Your Diabetes Conference Returns to Indianapolis to Bring Answers, Advocacy and Hope for People With Diabetes
4. Seniors Should Watch for Drug Interactions When Taking Multiple Medications
5. Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center: Taking the Message of Trust to the Streets of LA
6. Economic Downturn Taking Toll on Patients and Communities Hospitals Serve: New Survey Finds
7. Six Flags Friends Invites Guests to Help Cure Kids Cancer by Taking A Walk In The Park
8. Taking Control of Your Diabetes Conference Returns to Raleigh to Bring Answers, Advocacy and Hope for People With Diabetes
9. More U.S. Kids Taking Diabetes, Blood Pressure Drugs
10. Taking India Forward in Mobile Medical Technology
11. Subtle Fillers Bring Breathtaking Results; The Neigel Center for Cosmetic and Laser Surgery Hosts Its March 27th Filler Day Specials!
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/28/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... Monthly subscription ... products on the market. They recently reviewed the ZEN BOX , the aromatherapy ... are two single essential oils (like lavender or frankincense) and one Zen Blend (like ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Sublime Beauty® is offering a special deal on its webstore. , Buy 1 ... is applied to the product with lesser value. In addition, a free bonus of ... more in products. , "So many women (men, too) love our products and get good ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... April 28, 2016 , ... ... the California Dental Association, today announced it has signed a letter of intent ... Corporation (DBC) and Northwest Dentists Insurance Company (NORDIC). , Started by dentists 36 ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... ... April 28, 2016 , ... Sanford ... this week. A group of researchers and leaders from Sanford Health were selected ... Medicine and Its Cultural Impact ” and receive the 2016 Pontifical Key Innovation ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... ... 28, 2016 , ... ProText Layouts is a set of 30 self-animating kinetic ... With ProText Layouts, video editors can create an energetic typography video with incredible ease. ... texts. Creating text-based videos have never been easier. , ProText Layouts includes 30 ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)... , April 28, 2016   Click ... Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO), the nation,s largest ... signed a definitive agreement to acquire Valley Campus ... Pharmacy ("TNH"), a leading specialty pharmacy that provides ... Nuys, California . In 2015, TNH generated ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... April 28, 2016  While Abbott,s announced purchase ... company,s valve repair and stent business, healthcare research ... Abbott more firmly into patient monitoring.  Kalorama said ... growing device areas, with double-digit growth expected the ... Advanced Remote Patient Monitoring . Abbott ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... -- Research and Markets has announced the ... 2016-2020" report to their offering.      ... global plastic surgery products market is expected to grow ... , ,The growing adoption of laser in aesthetics is ... market. Lasers are used to treat a broad range ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: