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A massive study by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine revealed that prenatal supplementation with essential nutrients could help mitigate the risk of pregnancy and birth complications.
The study was based on 6-year data from 100,000 Botswanian women. The scientists discovered that women whose daily diet contained several important nutritional supplements had a significantly reduced (10.5%) risk of giving birth to low-weight babies.
On the other hand, women who only took iron supplementation had 12.7%, whereas those who took folic acid supplements had a 17% chance of delivering low birthweight babies.
A previous study remarked that many iron-deficient pregnant women are currently undiagnosed and at a high risk of developing complications.
Per the data, women should include more supplements with essential nutrients during pregnancy, including iron, folic acid, and various vitamins (A, B1, B12, C, D, etc.). The scientists added other critical minerals pregnant women need, such as iodine, copper, and zinc.
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