January 6 – 12 is National Folic Acid Awareness Week. Have you been taking your folic acid? It is an essential vitamin for healthy baby development.
Taken daily, folic acid can help prevent serious birth defects according to information provided by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Many of these problems occur in early pregnancy, before most women know they’re pregnant. The CDC recommends all women between the ages of 15 and 45 years of age consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid on a daily basis.
If you’re thinking about starting a family soon, it’s important to make healthy choices. March of Dimes offers the following recommendations to help have a health baby:
- Take 400 mcg of folic acid daily, which can be found in multivitamins
- Try to achieve a healthy weight before pregnancy
- Visit your healthcare provider for a checkup
- Learn about your birth control method and how to stop using it when you and your partner are ready
- Talk to your partner about the financial aspect of having a baby and plan accordingly
If you’re planning to start a family, The Women’s Hospital at Saddleback Memorial offers a great way to get started. At Healthy Start - Preconception Planning you’ll be able to meet with our expert obstetricians to find out how you can get your pregnancy and baby a healthy start.
To register for this exclusive event, visit memorialcare.org/classes. For information on additional services available through The Women’s Hospital at Saddleback Memorial, visit memorialcare.org/saddlebackbaby.