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Taking Folic Acid for a Year Before Pregnancy May Reduce Risk of Preterm Birth
Date:5/11/2009

ior 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."

The March of Dimes honored Dr. Bukowski's study in January 2008 during the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine. "Preconceptional Folate Supplementation and the Risk of Spontaneous Preterm Birth: A Cohort Study" by Bukowski, et al. is available online at http://medicine.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request=getdocument&doi=10.1371/journal.pmed.1000061.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide and its premier event, March for Babies(R), the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org.


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