Right now, most women in Ireland are not planning on a having a baby. Here’s the thing, approximately half of pregnancies are unplanned.
Folic acid, also known as vitamin B9, is essential for good health and, if you do become pregnant, helps a baby’s spine and brain develop and reduces the risk of neural tube defects (NTD), like spina bifida. Irish women have a genetic make-up that makes it more likely for us to have a baby with an NTD than women from other countries.
A key issue is that a baby’s spine and brain will start to develop in the first weeks of pregnancy, before most women even realise that they are pregnant. If you are sexually active and could become pregnant, the only way to have a build-up of folic acid in your body that will help protect you and your baby, is to take a folic acid supplement before you become pregnant. That means taking it every day.
Make folic acid a daily habit and find more information at www.safefood.eu