National Folic Awareness Day

Friday 1st May 2015 is National Folic Awareness Day. Folic acid (vitamin B9) can significantly reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the developing foetus, such as spina bifida.

Folic acid is crucially in the first three months of pregnancy, but also in the earliest weeks before conception. So if you’re planning on trying for a baby or think there may be a chance that you could fall pregnant, it’s worth taking a look at your diet to ensure that you are getting enough folic acid.

Eat folic acid rich foods, such as dark leafy vegetables, fortified breakfast cereals, citrus fruits, as well as taking a 400mcg folic acid supplement (such as Vitabiotics Pregnacare Conception tablets) every day. Supplements and foods high in folic acid increase maternal folate level, which decreases the risk of neural tube defects.

Go Folic!, a national campaign started by the charity Shine, who help families and individuals affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus, has shared these important facts about folic acid and pregnancy:

Folic Acid

‘Folic Fred, Part Deux’, released by the charity, Shine on 7th April 2015, aims to spread the message that taking folic acid before pregnancy greatly reduces the risk of babies developing serious conditions such as spina bifida.

Women are being encouraged to view and share the cartoon, which tells the story of a young woman who receives timely advice before she tries to conceive, courtesy of quirky ‘Folic Fred’ (a folic acid tablet).