Tag: folic acid

“I just found out I’m pregnant and I haven’t been taking folic acid. What should I do?”

“I just found out I’m pregnant and I haven’t been taking folic acid. What should I do?”

This is a question we often receive through AskUs@marchofdimes.org. The good news is that no matter when you find out you are pregnant, you will still ...
Looking for a New Year’s Resolution? We’ve got 9 for you.

Looking for a New Year’s Resolution? We’ve got 9 for you.

"Your health before and during pregnancy has a direct impact on your baby," says Dr. Siobhan Dolan, the March of Dimes medical advisor and co-author o ...
FDA approves folic acid fortification of corn masa — a great day for babies!

FDA approves folic acid fortification of corn masa — a great day for babies!

Today the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it will allow corn masa flour to be fortified with folic acid. This announcement is ...
Wrapping up birth defects prevention month

Wrapping up birth defects prevention month

We’ve had a busy month spreading the word about birth defects. If you’ve missed some posts, here is a wrap up of messages. More posts will be coming e ...

Anencephaly: causes, risks & what you can do

About 1,206 pregnancies are affected by anencephaly each year in the U.S. Anencephaly is a serious birth defect in which a baby is born without par ...
What you need to know about birth defects

What you need to know about birth defects

Every 4 ½ minutes in the US, a baby is born with a birth defect. That means that nearly 120,000 (or 1 in every 33) babies are affected by birth defect ...
Folic acid fortification saves millions of dollars and reduces neural tube defects

Folic acid fortification saves millions of dollars and reduces neural tube defects

Since the U.S. started requiring that folic acid be added to certain foods (known as fortification), there has been a 28% reduction in cases of babies ...
Folic acid is in many cereals

Folic acid is in many cereals

Getting enough folic acid before pregnancy doesn’t have to be a chore. Taking a multivitamin that contains folic acid is an easy way to get the amount ...
Three common folic acid myths

Three common folic acid myths

We receive a lot of questions about folic acid. Here are three of the most common misconceptions people seem to have. Myth #1: Folic acid reduces ...
Folic acid can help reduce the risk of spina bifida

Folic acid can help reduce the risk of spina bifida

If a woman of childbearing age takes 400 micrograms of folic acid every day before and during early pregnancy, it can help reduce her baby's risk for ...