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Iron and folic acid are important for pregnant women and their babies

Doctors in this study wanted to see if prenatal supplements in mothers could improve the mental and physical health of children. Researchers followed for two years 676 Nepalese children, aged 7 to 9, whose mothers had taken vitamin A with iron and folic acid, or a placebo of vitamin A, before and during pregnancy. Compared to kids whose mothers took only vitamin A, kids whose moms had taken iron and folic acid had greater intellectual ability and better control of fine muscle movements.

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