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A pregnancy multi may prevent low birth weight

Low birth weight is associated with an increased risk of developing obesity, diabetes and mental health problems later in life. Now, a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition has found that women who take a pregnancy multinutrient are much less likely to give birth to an underweight baby.

The study included 149 healthy pregnant women from East London who were in their first trimester of pregnancy. The women’s nutrient status was measured at the beginning of the trial and at 26 and 34 weeks’ gestation. During the test period, half of the women were given a pregnancy multinutrient, while the rest were given dummy pills. Their babies were weighed at birth and were considered to be underweight if they measured less than 2.5kg (5.5lb).

The initial blood tests showed that many of the women were nutrient....

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