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Folic acid supplements important preconception

Experts advise women to start taking folic acid supplements while trying for a baby.
Women planning a pregnancy have been advised to take folic acid supplements before trying to conceive.

In response to new research carried out at Homerton Hospital, London, experts have called for greater awareness of the importance of taking folic acid supplements both before and at the beginning of pregnancy.

The study published in the Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics found that only one in eight women supplemented their diet with folic acid before conception.

Dr Gail Rees, dietitian researcher, explained: "Folic acid is really important very early on in foetal development … having a good level of folate (folic acid) in the blood of the mother has been shown to prevent foetal defects such as spina bifida.

"All women in a position to become pregnant should take folic acid supplements."

The British Dietetic Association recommends that women trying to fall pregnant take 400 micrograms (0.4mg) of the B-vitamin a day until the 12th week of pregnancy.

Other sources of folic acid include green vegetables, fortified cereals and beans.

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Will it affect my baby as i only just found out i was 2-3 months gone 2 weeks ago so i have only just taking folic acid??
by MrsJohnson22 5th Jan 2010, 3:49pm