FOLIC ACID

What All Women Should Know

Because many pregnancies are unplanned, all women who could become pregnant should take a daily multivitamin containing 0.4mg (400mcg) of folic acid.    

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Question of the Month


I am a young woman just beginning to become sexually active. Why do I need to take folic acid when I am so young and when I am not planning on becoming pregnant?
Answer

If you are sexually active and are able to become pregnant, there is always a chance of getting pregnant- even if you are not trying. After all, almost half of all pregnancies are unplanned! You should take a multivitamin with 0.4mg of folic acid just in case, so that if you do become pregnant, you know you have helped to prevent a neural tube defect in...


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We are pleased to welcome Duchesnay as a new SB&H partner. This partnership is designed to help us continue spreading the word about the importance of women taking folic acid to dramatically...

The Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario has made our Folic Acid information brochure available for download. Simply click on the picture of the brochure below to download a PDF...

Taking folic acid before conception significantly reduces the risk of small for gestational age (SGA) at birth, suggests...

Folic acid is the best prevention against neural tube defects that affect 2 to 4 babies out of 1000. Here’s everything you should know.


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