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Why All Women of Childbearing Age Should Take a Vitamin with Folic Acid

February 5, 2019

If you are an expecting mom, you’ve likely heard about the importance of folic acid. It’s often the first thing your health care provider discusses when you start planning for pregnancy. But you may not realize that taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid is a good idea even if you’re not trying to become pregnant.

Unplanned Births Account for Nearly Half of U.S. Pregnancies

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 45 percent of births in the United States are unintended.1 The majority of these pregnancies are a result of not using contraception or using contraceptives inconsistently or incorrectly.

Unintended pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of health problems for moms and babies.1 If an expecting mother is not in optimal health or delays prenatal care, her baby’s health can be affected. The number of unplanned or accidental pregnancies is a reminder that it’s important for all women of childbearing age to adopt healthy habits.

Nutrients Play Critical Role in Early Pregnancy

Maternal folic acid levels play a role in a baby’s neural tube closure, which occurs approximately 28 days after conception.2 The neural tube is the structure that develops into a baby’s brain and spinal cord.

Maternal folic acid deficiency may lead to malformations or birth defects of the brain and spine, such as spina bifida. Research suggests that up to 36 percent of neural tube birth defects can be prevented with daily folic acid supplementation.2,3

The Case for Folic Acid Before Pregnancy

The CDC, along with multiple women’s health advocacy organizations, recommends that women in their reproductive years should obtain 400 mcg of folic acid daily.2-4 Unfortunately, it can be difficult for women to obtain adequate intakes of folic acid from diet alone. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data from the years 2003 to 2006 suggest that 75 percent of non-pregnant women aged 15 to 44 do not consume enough folic acid daily to prevent neural tube defects.3

Even starting folic acid supplementation around the time of conception may not be soon enough to raise needed folic acid levels. The highest serum folate levels require at least three weeks of folic acid supplementation.2 Because of the importance of folic acid in neural tube closure, women should start taking supplements at least one month, and preferably two or three months, before conception.2-4

Prescription Prenatal Vitamin with Folic Acid

Prenate® Vitamin Family offers a line of prescription nutritional supplements designed for all stages of pregnancy, from preconception through postpartum. Prenate® vitamins are formulated with the latest recommendations from obstetric and pediatric organizations in mind. Plus, all Prenate® vitamins contain 1 mg of folate as a blend of L-methyfolate and folic acid, nutrient forms selected for their tolerability and absorbability. Talk with your doctor about whether a prescription prenatal vitamin from the Prenate® Vitamin Family may be right for you.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

WARNING: Ingestion of more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (such as DHA) per day has been shown to have potential antithrombotic effects, including an increased bleeding time and International Normalized Ratio (INR). Administration of omega-3 fatty acids should be avoided in patients taking anticoagulants and in those known to have an inherited or acquired predisposition to bleeding.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

WARNING: Ingestion of more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (such as DHA) per day has been shown to have potential antithrombotic effects, including an increased bleeding time and International Normalized Ratio (INR). Administration of omega-3 fatty acids should be avoided in patients taking anticoagulants and in those known to have an inherited or acquired predisposition to bleeding.

This site and its contents are an information resource only, and are neither intended to nor should be used in replacement of your doctor or other prescribing professional’s medical guidance, recommendations or advice. Neither this site nor its information should be used or relied upon for any diagnostic, medical, treatment, nutritional or other purpose. All aspects of pregnancy, including whether pregnancy is right for you, and the nourishment and care of your child, should be made with your doctor and other appropriate medical professional, and in consideration of your and your child’s particular medical history. Avion Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Avion”) makes no representation, warranty or other undertaking that this site or its information are appropriate for you or your child’s specific needs or issues, and further expressly disclaims all damages, losses, injuries or liability whatsoever incurred or alleged to have been incurred in consequence of your reliance on the information on this site. Avion does not endorse any test, procedure, treatment, remedy, therapy, cure, nutritional regimen, method or other activity or undertaking that you and/or your doctor or other medical professional may elect or recommend. By visiting this site you agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that you have read and understand the same. These terms and conditions, together with any information on this site, may be amended, restated or otherwise changed from time to time and at any time by Avion within the sole, absolute and uncontrolled exercise of its discretion. You acknowledge and agree that Avion has no duty or obligation to keep you informed of any amendments to, restatements of or other changes to these terms and conditions or this site, and that you are solely and exclusively responsible for apprising yourself of the same.

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