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Folic Acid…for your health for your baby’s health….



3c8c255573d51b29a5b0f5726bf2dc44 It’s Folic Acid Awareness Week. So I thought I would take a minute to talk to you about folic acid and why it is important, not only to pregnant women, but all women of childbearing age.

(That means any one who is capable of being pregnant, not just those that are trying to conceive.)

Folic acid is a vitamin. You find it in many places now, particularly because it’s been added to make grains. However, pregnant women need about 400 mcg a day to help prevent a certain class of birth defects known as neural tube defects.

The neural tube begins forming very early in pregnancy, even before a positive pregnancy test. (This is why it’s important for childbearing women.) If there is a problem in this period it can lead to complications like spina bifida (where the neural tube doesn’t close) or ananecephaly (where part of the brain is missing).

Women who have adequate amounts of folic acid in their diet and through prenatal vitamins reduce the risk of these birth defects by 70%.

So plan ahead and start taking folic acid.Or, continue taking it if you plan on having another baby.

Most vitamins made for women contain enough and those that are designated prenatal vitamins almost certainly do – but, it is always wise to check.

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