Statement regarding folic acid supplements and miscarriage risk | Action Medical Research

Statement regarding folic acid supplements and miscarriage risk

7 September 2001
A report in The Lancet this week (issue 8 September 2001) reveals that women who consume folic acid supplements around the time of conception are not at an increased risk of miscarriage. The researchers, based in both Atlanta and China, found that among pregnant women who had or had not taken folic acid pills before and during early pregnancy the rate of miscarriage was relatively similar (9 per cent and 9.3 per cent respectively). Action Research is a leading medical research charity which is currently leading an awareness campaign about the benefits of folic acid. John Grounds, director of campaigns and communications says: 'It's been known for some time now that folic acid can help prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida. This new research must be extra comfort for women trying to give their babies the best start in life. 'The message remains the same - taking folic acid supplements is a simple and painless way of helping to reduce a baby's risk of disease and disability.' This week, as part of National Pregnancy Week, Action Research is urging expectant women and those in early pregnancy to munch their greens, eat fortified products such as some cereals and bread, and most importantly take daily supplements. Action Research has a special interest in folic acid. Thirty years ago the charity discovered vital clues suggesting that the folic acid vitamin was a key ingredient in helping prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida, which currently accounts for 10% of all birth defects. Although subsequent studies have reiterated this key message, many women fail to take the recommended advice and dosage. For press enquires, please contact Nicole Duckworth in the Action Research press office on 01403 327403 Fax: 01403 210541, or email nduckworth@action.org.uk ISDN facilities are available for interviews.
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