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Wednesday, 01 August 2018
A surprising number of women still don’t take Folic Acid before conception.
Despite the HSE recommendations being widely heard about folic acid for any woman of childbearing age, as well as good knowledge around why it is needed, women are not taking it as a matter of regular practice.
Folic acid, when taken before conception and during the first trimester, is known to reduce the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. Spina Bifida occurs when the backbone never fully closes, a leading cause in childhood paralysis. Anencephaly appears as a severely underdeveloped brain and skull.
As half of pregnancies are unplanned, Sona are keen to help spread the word that Folic Acid should be part of a daily routine for women of childbearing age. The recommended dose of 400 micrograms can be found in Sona Folic Acid and Sona MultiPlus, along with the Sona PregnaPlan range. See HERE for more information on Sona Pregnaplan, your complete multivitamin/multimineral for before, during and after pregnancy.