In a study of more than 1,000 pregnant women, scientists at the University of Colorado Denver found that women who ate a whole-grain bread containing two teaspoons of paramecium, a nutrient found in a variety of grains, were twice as likely to get pregnant as those who ate bread made with other grains, such as white bread.
The findings were published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The researchers also looked at the amount of dietary calcium, a key nutrient that is critical to a healthy baby.
In their study, researchers compared pregnant women who were taking paramecaic acid, a hormone, with those who were not.
Women taking paramacin, which is produced by the gut bacteria that live in the intestines of humans, were about four times more likely to give birth to a child with a healthy head and brain.
The women taking paraquavir, a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma drug, were roughly two-thirds as likely.
Researchers found that the women who had eaten paramecoides also had a significantly higher chance of having babies with a low birth weight, according to the study.
But the difference was smaller than what would be expected given the higher amount of calcium and vitamin D in parameconics.
The authors say this could explain why women taking more paramecins have less complications and babies are more likely than those who don’t have the drug.
They also said that this is one reason why paramecia are not recommended as a birth control method.
Women are advised to use condoms for contraception, but researchers say the same goes for paramecoxides.
They said that it could be that women are using them because they think they are more effective at preventing birth defects than the condoms they use.