Don't forget to take Folic Acid NOW
Research with 402 mothers-to-be attending the Coombe Hospital in Dublin highlighted that only one in three women achieved the recommended dietary folate intake*
It is well documented that dietary deficiencies of folate are associated with an increased risk of neural tube defects - mainly spina bifida and anencephaly, a condition where the foetus is missing parts of the brain and skull.
It is important to have the right amount of folate in your body before trying for a baby – the recommendation is three months before conception, the length of time needed to achieve the necessary level in the body.
“While the incidence of neural tube defects in Europe has stayed the same, in Ireland the incidence of neural tube defects has increased,” researchers said.
HSE recommended levels:
Folic acid helps to prevent birth defects of the baby's brain or spine called neural tube defects (NTDs). The standard recommended dose of FA is 0.4mg per day. In Ireland, the professional advice about FA is as follows:
- Women should start taking FA three months before they become pregnant; they should not wait until they are actively trying to conceive.
- All women who could potentially get pregnant should be taking FA, not only those women who are planning a pregnancy.
- Women who are at high risk of NTDs should take prescription-only high-dose folic acid (5 mg). This includes obese women, women on anticonvulsants women with a previous history of NTDs, and women with diabetes mellitus.
*The study, conducted by the School of Biological Sciences at Dublin Institute of Technology and UCD’s Centre for Human Reproduction at the Coombe, recruited women attending ante-natal care between who were in the first 18 weeks of pregnancy.
PROCEIVE contains the daily dosage level of folic acid as recommended by the HSE.