January 4-10 Is Folic Acid Awareness Week
You never know what the New Year will bring. So, whether or not you’re planning to have a baby this year,(about 50 percent of all pregnancies are unplanned)you can start the new year with habits that will help give a baby a healthy start in life.
Folic acid is a B-vitamin that is essential for proper cell growth. If taken before and during early pregnancy from a multi-vitamin or fortified foods,
Folic acid can help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine. Women need 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.
The easiest way to be sure to get the recommended daily amount of folic acid is to take a multi-vitamin every day.
For more information visit www.folicacidinfo.org.