Recent studies by scientists have shown that taking folic acid during pregnancy significantly reduces the risk of developing an autistic child.
A new study by Norwegian scientists has shown that the supplement is completely ineffective if the pregnant woman started taking it later than in the eighth week of pregnancy.
Representatives of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health studied the effect of folic acid before conceiving a child, as well as during pregnancy, at the possible risk of having a baby with autism.
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A study of 85,000 babies showed that this risk was reduced by 40% if the expectant mother started taking folic acid 4 weeks before conceiving a child, and also took it during the 8 weeks of pregnancy.
Folic acid is needed for the normal development of DNA molecules that control all cells in the human body.
Norwegian scientists advise expectant mothers to start taking this supplement 1 month before the planned conception.
And also continue to take folic acid during the first 3 months of pregnancy.