May 24, 2011

Reducing the Risk of Premature Baby

/ On : 10:53 PM
GladChild: Consuming folic acid during pregnancy can prevent birth defects of the brain and neural tube in the baby. Now, folic acid can also reduce the risk of preterm delivery.

The study, led by Dr. Radek Bukowski of the University of Texas Medical Branch proves the statement. The study revealed that intake of folic acid has many other advantages, which are expected to reduce premature birth rates.

Folic acid deficiency causes underdeveloped babies in the womb and more at risk of health problems.

That study of 35,000 women become pregnant between 1999-2002 found that women who take folic acid supplements at least one year before pregnancy, can reduce the risk of preterm delivery that is at 20-28 weeks, by 70 percent compared with women who do not eat them.

In particular, the premature baby at high risk of complications such as blindness, chronic gastric diseases, mental retardation, and cerebral palsy syndromes. Most take up to 40 weeks of pregnancy and premature birth usually occurs about three weeks before the expected date of birth.

We found a method of prevention is very interesting and promising to reduce preterm birth, said Dr. Radek.

He said that this discovery is very interesting because it is very easy to do and have a great effect. The results were also presented at a meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine in Dallas, United States.

Folic acid helps the body make healthy new cells. It's important for women to get adequate folic acid intake before and during pregnancy to prevent premature baby disorders called neural tube including spina bifida, neural tube opening in the spine because of its closure is not perfect when the fetus is formed in the womb. Also the risk of anencephaly is not the baby's head skull formation.

Then, the research also revealed that women who consume folic acid before becoming pregnant about a year to see that their risk of experiencing preterm labor is reduced by 50 percent at 28-32 weeks of gestation.

Green vegetables, fruits, assorted nuts are some of the foods containing folic acid. In addition, bread and cereals and grain products that have been enriched with the content of various vitamins, are usually also contain folic acid. Vitamin B type can also be consumed as a food supplement, for example in a multivitamin.

In conclusion of this research, Dr. Radek Bukowski confirmed that intake of folic acid one year before pregnancy to protect the pregnancy from preterm labor. Janis Bierman, spokesman of the Institute of advocacy of The March of Dimes, an agency that aggressively prevent health problems in infants, premature birth and premature baby mortality, reveals that this finding is very important.

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