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Supplements in expectant moms

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Prenatal supplementation with 15 micronutrients resulted in increased birth weight compared to standard supplementation with 60 mg iron and 400 mcg folic acid, David Osrin, University College London, et al., state in the March 12 Lancet. Researchers studied 1,200 women in a poor community in Nepal, randomizing 600 to the treatment group and 600 to placebo. Average birth weight of babies from the treatment group was 2,810 g, versus 2,733 g in the control group. "The effect of multiple micronutrients on fetal weight seems to have been enhanced in female infants, in births of higher order and in babies of women with a greater body-mass index," Osrin et al. find...
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