Posts Tagged ‘folate’

Folate carolers flash mob

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

This is so great!  What a delicious surprise!

Free folic acid

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

Kmart Pharmacy is committed to helping educate women about healthy pregnancies. As part of their efforts this year, Kmart pharmacies across the U.S. will provide one free month of folic acid to expectant mothers.

Folic acid is a B vitamin that can help prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord called neural tube defects (NTDs). Folic acid works to prevent these birth defects only if taken before conception and during early pregnancy. Folate is the natural form of folic acid that is found in many foods.

Because NTDs originate in the first month of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant, it is important for a woman to have enough folic acid in her system before conception. Studies show that if all women consumed the recommended 400 micrograms of folic acid before and during early pregnancy, up to 70 percent of all NTDs could be prevented.

Once you’re pregnant, you should increase your folic acid intake to at least 600 micrograms of folic acid. Your prenatal vitamin should have the right amount of folic acid you’ll need during pregnancy.

Most women should limit the amount of folic acid they take to 1,000 micrograms a day unless otherwise directed by a health provider. For example, women who have had a previous pregnancy affected by birth defects of the brain and spine and women with sickle cell disease should be sure to talk with their health providers about the need for more folic acid.

Folic acid is recommended for all women of childbearing age because about half of all pregnancies in this country are unplanned.  Kmart is stepping up to the plate to help.  From March 28 through May 1, customers can obtain folic acid when they fill their prescription at their local Kmart. Additionally, over-the-counter folic acid is available as part of this promotion. Limited quantities per store are available.

Folic acid awareness – pay attention!

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

grains-and-veggiesNot enough American women understand that consuming the B vitamin folic acid every day can help prevent serious birth defects and that they should take it before they become pregnant. Did you?

Studies show that if all women consumed the recommended amount of folic acid before and during early pregnancy, up to 70 percent of all birth defects of the brain and spine known as neural tube defects (NTDs), such as spina bifida, could be prevented.  The most recent March of Dimes survey revealed that only 28 percent of women of childbearing age knew folic acid can prevent birth defects and only 11 said they knew that folic acid should be consumed prior to pregnancy.  Wow, those are really low numbers for something so important!

This January, as part of National Birth Defects Prevention Month, we’re trying to remind all women of child-bearing age of this really important role folic acid plays in preventing birth defects. Daily consumption of the B vitamin folic acid beginning before pregnancy is crucial because NTDs can occur in the early weeks following conception, often before a woman knows she is pregnant.

We urge all women of childbearing age to consume 400 micrograms of folic acid daily.  Bread, crackers, bagels, pasta, pretzels and tortillas made from fortified, enriched white flour are popular and important sources of folic acid.  In fact, enriched grain products have been fortified with twice the amount of folic acid found in whole grain products. Other good sources are leafy green veggies like spinach and kale, dried beans, legumes, oranges and orange juice.  And you’ll find it in a daily multivitamin, too.

Taking folic acid as part of your daily routine before, during and after pregnancy is a great New Year’s resolution!

Got vitamins?

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

67958806_thbWhether you visit this blog regularly (woo hoo!) or you’re stopping by for the first time (welcome!), I’m sure you’ve heard by now that women are encouraged to take folic acid everyday. Getting the recommended amount through diet alone can be tough though. That’s why March of Dimes has created a quick and easy way to get the information you need on this important topic. Through video and audio you can meet medical experts like Dr. Dolan and Dr. Fleischman who discuss the importance of taking folic acid before pregnancy. Click here to watch and listen. Let us know what you think!

9 questions to ask your provider before you get pregnant

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

There are things you can do, before you get pregnant, to help give your baby a better chance of a healthy and full-term birth. See your health care provider before pregnancy and ask about the following topics.

What do I need to know about…

1. Diabetes, high blood pressure, infections or other health problems?
2. Medicines or home remedies?
3. Taking a multivitamin pill with folic acid in it each day?
4. Getting to a healthy weight before pregnancy?
5. Smoking, drinking alcohol and taking illegal drugs?
6. Unsafe chemicals or other things I should stay away from at home or at work?
7. Taking care of myself and lowering my stress?
8. How long to wait between pregnancies?
9. My family history, including premature birth?

Folic acid awareness week and birth defects prevention month

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Today is the first day of National Folic Acid Awareness Week. Folic acid is a B vitamin that can help prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord called neural tube defects (NTDs). Folic acid works to prevent these birth defects only if taken before conception and during early pregnancy.

Because NTDs originate in the first month of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant, it is important for a woman to have enough folic acid in her system before conception. Folic acid is recommended for all women of childbearing age because about half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned.

We have a helpful video on folic acid that is apart of our Healthy Pregnancy, Healthy Baby video series. Click here to watch.

January is Birth Defects Prevention Month. The National Birth Defects Prevention Network’s Education and Outreach Committee developed a 2009 Birth Defects Prevention Month Packet focusing on “Obesity Prevention and Weight Management – Before, During, and After Pregnancy”. The packet materials are available by clicking here.  These resources can be shared with colleagues, policy makers, families, and others during Birth Defects Prevention Month and throughout the year.

Confessions of a health information specialist

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

When we decided we were ready for a baby I went to my doctor first and she wrote me a prescription for prenatal vitamins. I’ll admit…I was not a multivitamin taker before then (insert “gasping” sound here). I know, I know!! All women of reproductive age should take a daily multivitamin as a part of a healthy diet and because pregnancy isn’t always planned for. Quite honestly, before I started working for the March of Dimes I had no idea how important that was for me and you. OK, so I fessed-up. What about you? Did you take you multivitamin today?

Taking folic acid a year before pregnancy can reduce preterm birth.

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

New research suggests that women who take a daily multivitamin containing 400mcg (micrograms) of folic acid for at least one year before they become pregnant can reduce their risk of having a premature baby by half. Click here to read the article, Huge Drop in Preterm Birth-Risk Among Women Taking Folic Acid One Year Before Conception.

Folic acid (synthetic form of a B vitamin) is also important for the development of the fetus’s neural tube, which becomes its brain and spinal cord. A lack of folic acid may result in a severe birth defect called a neural tube defect (NTD). Women who are or may become pregnant are encouraged to take folic acid supplements in addition to eating foods high in folate. Folic acid may also reduce the risk of stroke, colon cancer and breast cancer.

For more information about getting healthy before pregnancy watch the video, Don’t You Dare.