Whether you’re pregnant or planning to be, this is a very exciting and special time in your life. The last thing you need to be worrying about is the possibility of neural tube defects. The unfortunate fact, though, is that all women are at risk for having babies with neural tube defects like Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus – serious birth defects that consist of abnormalities in the baby’s brain, skull or spine.1
One of the best things you can do before and during your pregnancy is to take a well-rounded prenatal multivitamin – preferably one with plenty of Folic Acid, like Nature’s Bounty Prenatal Multi. It includes 800 mcg of Folic Acid to help reduce the risk of neural tube defects, plus a variety of important nutrients, all in one comprehensive formula. It even has the important Omega-3 fatty acid DHA, which helps support cognitive health and brain function.2
Taking a Folic Acid supplement prior to becoming pregnant and during early pregnancy can help decrease the risk of neural tube defects. It’s important to remember that women who are pregnant and breastfeeding require extra folic acid on a daily basis.3 Talk to your health care provider about the best way to incorporate plenty of Folic Acid into your daily diet.
1 Health Canada. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/folic-folique-eng.php. Accessed November 2011.
2 Health Canada. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/pubs/nutrition/omega3-eng.php. Accessed December 2011
3 Health Canada. http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/pubs/nutrition/folate-eng.php. Accessed November 2011.