Experts urge women of child-bearing age to get daily dose of folic acid

Local Health Alert

MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – This week is Folic Acid Awareness Week. Experts say it’s essential for women of child-bearing age to get their daily dose.

Our bodies use folic acid to make new cells. The CDC urges women to take 400 micrograms every day, starting at least one month before getting pregnant. It can help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine.

“The most common defects that are found is spina bifida,” said Maggie Dibble, Assistant Nurse Manager of the NICU at St Francis Hospital, “… where the baby won’t be able to walk – baby not able to walk, blindness, incontinence, or even death. And the other one is anencephaly, where baby is missing part of skull.”

Nutritionists say dark, leafy greens like spinach are high in folic acid. But health experts say the easiest way to get your folic acid is a daily multi-vitamin.

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