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Folic Acid Reduces Premature Deliveries And Risk For Syracuse New York Birth Injury

“Consumption of folic acid is very important during pregnancy,” said Michael A. Bottar, Esq., a New York birth injury lawyer presently investigating Syracuse PPHN lawsuits and Watertown retinopathy of prematurity claims. “Folic acid helps to prevent birth defects.”

Folic acid, also known as folate, is a B9 vitamin found mostly in green leafy vegetables. According to a recent UK study, folic acid supplementation during protects against low birth weight babies, as well as neural tube defects (brain and spinal cord defects) such as spina bifida. Repeated studies have shown that women who consume 400 micrograms daily prior to conception, as well as during early pregnancy, may reduce the risk that their baby will be born with a serious neural tube defect by up to 70%.

Babies born premature (i.e., before 37 weeks) are at high risk for respiratory distress and circulatory problems, some of which we discussed in our blog post titled “New York Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn Risk High If Induced Before 39 Weeks.” Babies born premature are also at risk for cerebral palsy, as discussed in our blog post titled “New York Premature Birth Injury Report Card.”

The trial lawyers at Bottar Law, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict medical malpractice and birth injury cases. If you or your baby have been injured due to medical malpractice, you, your child and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, special education, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.

To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice and birth injury attorney, contact us now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at

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