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Folic Acid Helps Prevent Neural Tube Defects

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If a woman consumes 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, she can help prevent birth defects of the brain and spine. Get 400 micrograms of folic acid every day before and during pregnancy.What Is Folic Acid?

Folic acid is a B vitamin. Our bodies use it to make new cells. Everyone needs folic acid, but it is particularly important for women who can become pregnant! If a woman has enough folic acid in her body before she is pregnant, it can help prevent some major birth defects of the baby's...

If a woman consumes 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, she can help prevent birth defects of the brain and spine. Get 400 micrograms of folic acid every day before and during pregnancy.What Is Folic Acid?

Folic acid is a B vitamin. Our...

Preventing Neural Tube Defects

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After mandatory folic acid fortification in 1998, neural tube defects declined 30%-40% among the three largest racial and ethnic groups. However, women are still not consuming enough folic acid. Learn what can be done.Neural Tube Defects:

Neural tube defects (NTDs) are serious birth defects of the brain (anencephaly) and spine (spina bifida) that occur in early pregnancy. These birth defects can cause babies to die within days of birth or live with serious, life-long disabilities. Every...

Mom's Healthy Diet Might Cut Birth Defect Risk

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MONDAY, Oct. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Pregnant women who eat a healthy diet appear to reduce the risk of having a baby with a major birth defect, such as spina bifida or a cleft lip or palette, a new study suggests.

Neural tube birth defects -- including spina bifida and other brain abnormalities -- are known to decrease when pregnant women take supplements of folic acid, a type of vitamin B that also has been added to a variety of foods. However, folic acid alone does not prevent all...