Folic Acid - Are You Getting Enough?
We're smack in the middle of Folic Acid Awareness Week, which is a big deal. Folic acid, as I've said...
We're smack in the middle of Folic Acid Awareness Week, which is a big deal. Folic acid, as I've said over and over, is extremely important if you want to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. Having the right amount of folic acid both before pregnancy and during pregnancy can help prevent major birth defects of your baby’s brain and spine. To be clear, you need at least 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day if you are or aren't pregnant. If you're in your child bearing years, even if you're on birth control and have zero plans to get pregnant, folic acid is a must. At least half of all pregnancies aren't planned. While surprises like this hit each woman differently, one thing no woman wants is a baby born with birth defects simply because she didn't get enough folic acid. Here at Pregnancy & Baby we've looked at just about everything you need to know about folic acid. If you need a recap about this important vitamin, take a look at the following posts...
- There is no excuse to miss out on folic acid
- Folic acid prevents the most common birth defect
- When should you start taking folic acid?
- How to get enough folic acid
- Folic acid does more than just prevent birth defects