|Women who supplement their diet with folic acid for a minimum of 12 months prior to falling pregnant can help reduce their risk of premature labour, research suggests.
A new study published in the journal PLoS Medicine found that taking folic acid supplements for at least a year before pregnancy cuts the risk of premature birth by between 50 and 70 per cent.
Previous studies have shown that folic acid supplementation before conception and continued into the first trimester of pregnancy helps prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord.
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