January 2014

Are you pregnant? Are you thinking of becoming pregnant soon? Folic acid should already be a part of your daily prenatal care to help prevent birth defects of the spine and brain (neural tube defects). The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says as many as 50 to 70 percent of neural tube defects could be prevented if women took 400 mcg of folic acid before and up to 800 mcg during their pregnancy each day. However, with half of all pregnancies unplanned, health care providers hope National Folic Acid Awareness Week sheds light on the need for women of childbearing age to take folic... Read More »