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|The second full week in September is Folic Acid Awareness Week!|
During Folic Acid Awareness Week, we invite you to connect with the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) to celebrate the successes of folic acid supplementation and fortification in preventing serious birth defects of the spine and brain. These birth defects, spina bifida and anencephaly, are types of neural tube defects (NTDs) that develop very early in pregnancy, before most women even know they are pregnant.
Folic acid is a B-vitamin that is necessary for proper cell growth. If taken before and during early pregnancy, folic acid can prevent up to 70% of these serious birth defects.
Please help us share this key information with your friends, family, and networks!
|CDC Webinar: Folic Acid: The Best Tool to Prevent Neural Tube Defects Register here|
Target Audience: Health Care Providers
This year marks the 30 year anniversary of the U.S. Public Health Service’s folic acid recommendation for prevention of neural tube defects (NTDs). Join CDC for a free webinar about folic acid and why it remains the best tool available to prevent these serious birth defects of the brain and spine. Misinformation on this topic has spread on-line in recent years and may be challenging for patients to make informed decisions. In this webinar, CDC experts will describe the sustained impact of folic acid on the prevention of NTDs, address different forms of folate and why folic acid is the only form proven for NTD prevention, and provide recommendations for people with MTHFR gene variants.
CDC will also be joined by Shannon Clark, MD, MMS, FACOG for an interactive discussion where she will share her experiences counseling patients about NTD prevention, how she addresses misinformation about folic acid, and how healthcare professionals can improve collaboration within the healthcare team to improve folic acid intake to prevent NTDs. Continuing education for this activity is pending.
|Wednesday, 9/14/2022||3-4pm Eastern|
|MotherToBaby Folic Acid Podcast|
Target Audience: general public
Host Chris Stallman, a mom-of-four, genetic counselor, and MotherToBaby information specialist, discusses folic acid and MTHFR gene variants with a nurse researcher from CDC and answers questions from pregnant persons and parents about vitamins and the need to take a supplement even when you eat a healthy diet.
Podcast release date will be posted soon.
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|Let's celebrate 30 years of preventing serious birth defects of the spine and brain! In 1992, the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) recommended people capable of becoming pregnant consume 400mcgs of folic acid daily to reduce the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs). #folicacid||Worried about taking folic acid? Even if you have an MTHFR variant, you can process all types of folate, including folic acid. Check out @CDC for the latest information on folic acid and MTHFR variants. #folicacid||Timing is important! Neural tube defects (NTDs) form very early in pregnancy, before most women even recognize they are pregnant. Women who are of childbearing age should take 400mcgs of folic acid daily to ensure they have enough in their system to reduce the risk of an NTD should they become pregnant. #folicacid|
|Health care providers, what you say matters! Remember to advise women to take a vitamin with 400 mcg of folic acid daily to help prevent serious birth defects of the spine and brain, regardless of their intention to become pregnant. #folicacid||Some women only start taking a multivitamin when they get pregnant, but it is important to also take a daily vitamin with 400 mcgs of folic acid BEFORE pregnancy to prevent serious birth defects like spina bifida and anencephaly. #folicacid||Multivitamins too pricey? Try store brands or a folic acid-only supplement. Or check with your state health department to see if there are free/discounted vitamin programs in your area! #folicacid|
|Some state health departments have free vitamin programs! If you live in Utah, check out Power Your Life or if you live in Arizona, Power Me A2Z! #folicacid||Some pharmacies have free vitamin programs to ensure women can get their daily folic acid to help prevent birth defects in a future pregnancy. Find a pharmacy that participates in a vitamin program here! #folicacid||So you have your vitamins with folic acid, but just can't seem to remember to take them daily? Use a pillbox, set doses where you see them (at work/school, on nightstand), take it when you brush your teeth, set a daily alarm, or use an app! You can do it! #folicacid|
|While many foods that include wheat flour are fortified with folic acid in the United States, other common staple foods like corn masa flour, are not fortified often. This is one reason why Latinas are more likely to have babies born with neural tube defects. No matter your diet, make sure to take 400 mcg of #folicacid daily #folicacid||Did you know that about 3,000 pregnancies are affected by a defect of the spine (spina bifida) or brain (anencephaly) every year in the US? These conditions are also known as neural tube defects or NTDs. Up to 70% of NTDs can be prevented if women take daily folic acid BEFORE becoming pregnant and during early pregnancy. #folicacid||Many states monitor how many babies are born with neural tube defects (NTDs) like anencephaly and spina bifida. Data from state programs show there were about 7-8 babies born with an NTD for every 10,000 live births. Folic acid helps prevent these birth defects! Take you folic acid every day. #folicacid|
|CDC has a great source of information about folic acid. #folicacid||Did you know that NTDs, birth defects of the spine and brain, form before a woman even knows she is pregnant? That's why women should get 400 mcgs of folic acid every day if there is a chance they could become pregnant. #folicacid||Test your knowledge about folic acid by taking the Folic Acid Quiz! #folicacid|
|I’m preparing for my first baby, which is why I take a multivitamin with #FolicAcid every day.||I’m not planning to become pregnant but I still take 400mcg of #FolicAcid and eat a healthy diet.||I eat a bowl of fortified cereal because it’s best for me and my baby. #FolicAcid||I’m taking my prenatal vitamin every day because it's best for me and best for baby. When do you take your #FolicAcid?|