Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Prenatal Supplements Prevent Low Birth Weight

Nearly 8 percent of children born in the United States weigh less than 5 lbs., 8 oz. Low birth weight increases the risk of mental retardation,learning disabilities, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke. Infant birth weight is an important measure of the mother's nutritional and health status and the future health of the baby. Researchers found that undernourished women who took prenatal vitamins were less likely to have low birth weight infants. Women in the supplements group also gained a little more than 1 lb. during pregnancy and there babies were heavier and taller than women who didn't supplement.

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