Folic Acid Helps to Prevent Birth Defects 01.06.2012
Folic Acid Helps to Prevent Birth Defects
Folic acid is a B vitamin. Everyone needs folic acid because our bodies use it to make new cells. But, it is especially important for women who are planning to become pregnant and for women throughout pregnancy. Two Rivers Public Health Department wants you to know that folic acid can help to prevent major defects of the baby’s brain and spine, including anencephaly and spina bifida, by 50-70%, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Why should you take folic acid before pregnancy? Development of the brain and spinal column occur early in pregnancy.
400 micrograms is the daily recommended value for folic acid. This amount can be acquired simply by eating a bowl of cereal that has been fortified with 100% of the recommended daily requirement of folic acid. Taking a supplement is another choice, but check with your medical provider for the right one for you.
For more information, look up folic acid on www.cdc.gov or contact Two Rivers Public Health Department at: 1-888-669-7154 or www.tworiverspublichealth.com