This week, January 4-10, is National Folic Acid Awareness Week which is a good time to point out just how...
This week, January 4-10, is National Folic Acid Awareness Week which is a good time to point out just how important folic acid is for you and your baby. Really there is no good excuse for skipping folic acid but just for kicks here are some common excuses I've heard... I can't afford folic acid!: You can afford folic acid! Totally inexpensive store-brand multivitamins are perfectly good (just as good as name brand) and contain 400 mcg of folic acid. In fact at Walgreens you can get a store brand bottle of multivitamins for just $6.00 and I've seen other store brand vitamins for even less. What you CANNOT afford is a baby born with birth defects. Experts estimate that one baby born with birth defects can require initial care ranging from several thousand dollars to several hundred thousand dollars and that's just initial, not ongoing care. Vitamins are cheap and easy - having a baby born with a birth defect is far from cheap or easy. If you need help paying for folic acid you may qualify for low-cost health care assistance which can help pay for vitamins. I hate taking pills: Folic acid is available in a powder form. I eat a very healthy diet: Folic acid is available in many food items but experts note that even with a super star diet you may not get enough folic acid. Studies show that of all the women in the U.S. only 1/3 of those women eat enough folic acid enriched foods to meet the 400 mcg daily requirement. It's better to be on the safe side and take a multivitamin. I'm not planning a pregnancy so I don't need folic acid: A whopping 50% of pregnancies are surprises. You can get pregnant even if you're careful, even if you rarely have sex, and even if you're on the pill. This is why it's vital for all women of childbearing age to take folic acid no matter what their plans may be. Test your folic acid IQ today!

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