It matters to me.
Whatever your greatest challenge may be – work, school, or raising a family – there’s one little thing you can do every day to make a big difference to your future (and your baby’s)…
Folic Acid 400 mcg
Every Day for Someday.
It’s simple! Take a multivitamin.
A daily vitamin not only helps you look better and feel great – it promotes your overall health, and that’s very important when you’re busy and don’t have time to eat the way you should.
Multivitamins are even more important for women. When you make sure yours contains 400 micrograms of folic acid, you greatly decrease your risks of unhealthy pregnancy and birth defects involving the baby’s spine and brain.
Why does folic acid matter?
Because women work hard. We know it’s easy to get pulled in many directions with the demands of career, family – even your friends. Healthy habits such as daily exercise, adequate rest, and proper nutrition – including a multivitamin containing folic acid – will help you meet your challenges every day and help you have a healthy pregnancy in the future.
What is folic acid?
Folic acid is a B-Complex vitamin found in leafy green vegetables such as spinach and collards, fresh fruit and liver. In addition to overall good health, folic acid – taken three months prior to conception and during the first two months of pregnancy – reduces the risk of neural tube birth defects (serious birth defects that affect the spine and brain).
Remember: Don’t wait until you become pregnant to begin good nutrition. It will be too late. Multivitamins with folic acid help prevent birth defects.To learn more, call 1-800-6-SOMEDAY.
If you have any questions before or during your pregnancy, contact your physician.
*The Centers for Disease Control and the Public Health Service have recommended that all women of childbearing years take a multivitamin containing 400 micrograms of folic acid every day in order to reduce the risk of serious birth defects of the spine and brain.
Don’t just cross your fingers and hope for a healthy baby – prepare your body. Start today!
- Include extra fresh fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy in your meals.
- Do not diet while trying to conceive or during pregnancy.
- Remember to take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid every day (three months before and first two months during).
- Exercise regularly – walking, running, and aerobics at least three times a week.
- Review your medications and ask about diseases or conditions that could affect your pregnancy or your baby’s health.
- Have at least two normal cycles without birth control or an IUD before conception.
- Make sure your vaccinations are up to date – especially rubella.
- Eliminate use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
- Focus on improving your nutrition and maintaining your ideal weight.
- Avoid undercooked meat and handling cat litter -sources of toxoplasmosis which seriously affect the fetus.
- Review your family’s history for information regarding any pregnancy problems or birth defects.
The SC Neural Tube Defect Prevention Initiative is operated through a cooperative agreement among:
- Greenwood Genetic Center
- SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
- SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
Content taken with permission from the following informational pamphlet:
Folic Acid 400 | Greenwood Genetic Center, SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control