Taking Folic Acid and Iron During Pregnancy Could Make Your Kid Smarter

Pregnant? Here's one more reason you should take your vitamins. A recent study conducted in Nepal and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that school-age kids whose moms took iron and folic acid supplements while pregnant did better on intelligence and fine motor skill tests.

In the study, researchers did a clinical trial involving 676 pregnant women, giving half of them iron and folic acid and the other half a placebo. Then, when the kids reached age 7 through 9, they performed several cognitive and physical tests. The ones whose mothers took the supplements scored significantly higher in the areas of working memory, brain functioning and fine motor functioning.

In Nepal, it's more common for women to be deficient in iron and folic acid than in the U.S., so the same test conducted here might not produce as extreme results. But all pregnant women want to give their babies the best head start in life, right? So that's probably enough to motivate expectant moms to take their vitamins. Ask your doctor for the proper dosage amount for you.

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