Around one in ten infants in the U.S. are born prematurely. Whilst many are still healthy despite their premature birth, others require extensive medical care that can go beyond infancy.

The study found that in 2013, employer-sponsored health plans spent an estimate of at least $6 billion extra on infants born prematurely.

The study’s lead author, Scott D. Grosse, emphasized the importance of preconception health in preventing birth defects and pre-term birth. The importance of a healthy diet, with enough folic acid was also highlighted.

Read more about this study in this Science Daily article:

Pregnant or trying to conceive? Read more about Folic Acid in this Dreaming of Baby segment:

Preventing a Folic Acid Deficiency in Pregnancy

The Effects of a Folic Acid Deficiency on a Mom-To-Be’s Health

How Folic Acid Affects Fertility and Pregnancy

Folic Acid and the Reduction of Pesticide-related Autism Risk

Fertility Boosting Foods

Before Getting Pregnant

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