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New Folic Acid Seal to help Women have a healthy pregnancy and baby

newfolicacidbaby.jpgJanuary is Birth Defects Prevention Month. Birth Defect prevention is not just something that should be thought about just in January or just something a woman is concerned about when she is pregnant. Birth defect prevention begins with taking folic acid. Folic acid is not just something a woman should take while she is pregnant; folic acid should be taken months before even thinking of conceiving a child. About half of all pregnancies are unplanned pregnancies; so sexually active women should also pay critical attention to their diet and take a multivitamin daily that contains folic acid and they should also consume folic acid-rich foods every day to also help prevent against birth defects, too.

March of Dimes recommends and urges that all women of childbearing age should consume 400 micrograms of folic acid each day beginning before pregnancy and continuing into the early months of pregnancy. Daily multivitamins are not the only way to get the folic acid you need. As a matter of fact, the FDA has now required that all flour products, such as breads, bagels and buns be fortified with extra folic acid. Other natural sources of folic acid include: green leafy vegetables, nuts, beans and citrus fruits and many breakfast cereals are now fortified.

Folic acid consumption before pregnancy is crucial because birth defects of the brain and spine known as neural tube defects (NTDs), such as spina bifida, can occur in the very early weeks following conception, often even before a woman knows she?s pregnant. In an effort to promote awareness and increased consumption of folic acid among women in their childbearing years, the March of Dimes and the Grain Foods Foundation have created a new Folic Acid for a Healthy Pregnancy seal that will be featured on select products to help women quickly and easily identify grain products that are enriched with folic acid. Folic acid has no known toxic level. You cannot consume too much folic acid and pose a health risk to you or your unborn child. With consuming the recommended daily dose before and during pregnancy; there will be hopefully more healthy babies born each and every year. For more information, you can contact www.marchofdimes.com, www.nacersano.org or www.grainpower.org.


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