According to a study of more than 85,000 women in Norway (that’s a big study!), those who took Folic Acid before getting pregnant were 40% less likely to have their child develop Autism. While Folic Acid is a B vitamin that can be found naturally in rich leafy greens, black-eyed peas, and rice, it’s recommended that women take a prenatal pill at least up to four weeks before getting pregnant (ideally 2-3 months before). Additionally, she should stay on her prenatal pills throughout pregnancy. To see the full recap of this story on NPR, click here.
My thoughts? If you’re a sexually active female who’s not on the birth control pill, just take Prenatals! I would suggest going Organic since it seems counterproductive to take a vitamin with artificial dyes and crappy ingredients. I’ve heard wonderful things about NewChapter Organics, which you can buy online or find in Whole Foods.