Even with a diet rich in folate, women of childbearing age are not getting the amount of folic acid they need to reduce the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs) such as spina bifida by up to 70 percent. That is why taking a daily multivitamin containing a minimum of 0.4 mg of folic acid – and more for high-risk women – is so important.
To quote the Public Health Agency of Canada:
“All women who could become pregnant should take a multivitamin containing 0.4 mg of folic acid every day. To help reduce the risk of NTDs, you should start taking the vitamin supplement at least three months before you get pregnant and continue through the first three months of your pregnancy. Talk to your health professional to find the supplement best for you.”
Prenatal and other multivitamins containing folic acid have been shown to have a number of other benefits including helping to:
If you’re a woman of childbearing age,
start taking a multivitamin containing folic acid TODAY!
If you’re not, tell every woman of childbearing age you know how important it is take a multivitamin containing folic acid for their own health and the health of their babies, should they get pregnant.
It's simple, inexpensive and takes only seconds a day – less time than brushing your teeth – yet it can make all the difference between
having a healthy baby or a baby with a neural tube defect.
Most vitamins and minerals are known by their individual names and are accepted as standing on their own – like Vitamin A, or Vitamin C. The B vitamins, on the other hand, are mostly referred to by their designated number (B-2, B-6, B-12) and are considered a family. One B vitamin that’s not usually referred to by its number is Folic Acid (although it is also recognized as Vitamin B-9). Read More
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 Read More