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Raising a happy and healthy baby is what most parents strive for, but what you do before your little one even makes an appearance in the world can have an impact too. A new study has discovered a link between supplements taken during pregnancy and the risk of developing autism.

For a new study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers in Israel followed over 45,000 babies born between Jan. 1, 2003 and Dec. 31, 2007. The study collected data on whether or not the mothers took multivitamins or folic acid supplements during pregnancy. The researchers then followed the children up until 2015 and found that the mothers who took either of the supplements during pregnancy had a 73% lower chance of having a child with autism.

“Maternal exposure to folic acid and/or multivitamin supplements before pregnancy was statistically significantly associated with a lower likelihood of ASD in the offspring compared with no exposure before pregnancy,” the study concluded. “Maternal exposure to folic acid and/or multivitamin supplements during pregnancy was statistically significantly associated with a lower likelihood of ASD in offspring compared with no exposure during pregnancy.”  Further studies are still needed to confirm the findings.

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