Vitamins Prevent Premature Birth

A new research has shown that taking multivitamins before conceiving a child helps women avoid premature birth.

This is one of the first studies aimed at examining the effect of the use of multivitamins immediately before and after conception. It has been proved that nutrient deficiency in the female body can increase the risk of birth complications. At the same time, the researchers warn that it is too early to recommend the women who are planning pregnancy or are already pregnant to take these medications.

There has been conducted an experiment attended by around 36,000 women. The results showed that the majority of pregnant women, approximately 60%, took multivitamins during the four weeks before and eight weeks after the last menstrual period. However, one must take into account such risk factors as smoking, excess weight and maternal age. The study shows that the women who took multivitamins every day and had a normal weight had 20% less chance of having a premature baby if to compare with those who did not take them. At the same time, overweight women did not demonstrate any changes.

Doctors have always recommended expectant mothers to take folic acid, the vitamin that helps prevent complications during pregnancy. The experts demand that food manufacturers should add the vitamin into cereal products, including flour and bread. The authors of the latest study claim that other vitamins, except folic acid, can be added to food products in order to reduce the risk of complications during childbirth. But at the same time they warn that there should be some more research and have not yet recommended daily intake of vitamins to women who are planning a pregnancy.

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