By City Guide News Desk

Prenatal Vitamins: More Good News


Many parents already know that taking vitamins while pregnant protects children from some birth defects. A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published in Epidemiology. now finds that taking prenatal multivitamins may also help protect children from one type of deadly cancer. Researchers interviewed mothers of more than 1000 children, including over 500 kids who had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a tumor of peripheral nerves generally found in children under three years old. They questioned the mothers on their vitamin intake during pregnancy, as well as noting education, income and other factors. They found that moms who took multivitamins before and during pregnancy seemed to cut the risk of neuroblastoma in their kids by up to 40 percent. The researchers do not yet know which specific vitamins might be responsible for the decrease in neuroblastomas. But the study adds to existing ones indicating a lower risk of childhood leukemia and brain cancer in kids whose mothers took vitamins while pregnant.