Google honors woman who changed prenatal care forever

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Google Doodle honors Wills

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) Friday’s Google doodle honors a British scientist who changed the lives of a pregnant woman thanks to her research.

Lucy Wills is honored in the doodle. She was born on May 10, 1888. In the 1920s, Wills started researching why poor female textile workers in India were suffering from anemia while pregnant.
Anemia during pregnancy can be fatal in some cases.

Wills then gave the women a popular British food spread called “marmite” to eat, and their health improved.

At the time, she didn’t know what ingredient in marmite helped the women, so it was briefly called “The Wills factor.” Eventually, the ingredient was determined to be folic acid, which scientists say also helps in brain development in utero.

Friday, pregnant woman and those hoping to become so, were encouraged to take folic acid.

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