Recent research found that women can halve the risk of premature birth by taking folic acid one year before becoming pregnant. Experts discovered that women who take supplements in a form of vitamin B can reduce risk of giving premature birth by 70% in some cases.

Premature birth can cause mental retardation, lung problems, blindness and some other disorders in a child. Research included about forty thousand women in a period of three years study and results showed that folate supplementation in a period of one year was linked to a 70% decrease in premature deliveries (20 – 28 weeks) and almost 50% reduction in early preterm deliveries of 28 to 32 weeks.

Folic acid can be found in green vegetables, fruit and beans and it has ability to aid the reproduction of cells. Researchers advise all women who are planning to conceive to take at least 400 micrograms of folic acid every day in order to prevent premature birth.