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Multi-vitamins reduce chances of pre-term births
Doctors said about one in eight U.S. babies is born prematurely—before 37 weeks—and in one study wanted to see if taking multi-vitamins just before or after becoming pregnant could reduce small-for-gestational-age and pre-term babies.

In the study, 35,897 women reported the multi-vitamins they took during the six weeks just before and six weeks after becoming pregnant.

Compared to women who did not take multi-vitamins, women with pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI) scores no higher than 25 who took multi-vitamins regularly before and after becoming pregnant were 16 percent less likely to have a pre-term birth, and 20 percent less likely to have pre-term labor.

Women of any BMI who took multi-vitamins before and after becoming pregnant were 17 percent less likely to have babies that were small for their gestational age.

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