Neural tube defects can result in a lifetime of health problems or even death. This podcast discusses how the lack of folic acid before and during the first few weeks of pregnancy is one of the leading causes of neural tube defects and encourages pregnant women to get enough folic acid in their diets. Created: 9/2/2010 by MMWR.
Date Released: 9/2/2010. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Fill Up with Folic Acid
Grand Rounds: Additional Opportunities to Prevent Neural Tube Defects
with Folic Acid Fortification
Recorded: August 31 2010; posted: September 2, 2010
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Neural tube defects are serious birth defects of the brain or spine. These conditions can result in a lifetime of health problems or even death. A lack of folic acid before and during the first few weeks of pregnancy is one of the leading causes of neural tube defects. The most effective way to get enough is by taking a vitamin containing folic acid or eating fortified foods, such as breakfast cereals, bread, rice, and pasta. Because half of pregnancies in the U.S. are unplanned, if you can get pregnant, make sure you get 400 micrograms of folic acid every day.
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