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Why Folic Acid is So Important

Folic acid is a B vitamin. It is used in our bodies to make new cells. If a woman has enough folic acid in her body before she is pregnant, it can help prevent major birth defects of her baby’s brain and spine. These birth defects are called neural tube defects or NTDs. Women need to take folic acid every day starting before they are pregnant to help prevent NTDs.
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· The Basics About Folic Acid
· The Basics About Spina Bifida
· Frequently Asked Questions
· Cereals that contain 100% of the Daily Value of folic acid
· All Women, Every Day
· Preview and Order Materials
· Folic Acid Quiz
National Folic Acid Campaign
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· What's New · National Council
· State/Local Campaign Efforts   · Newsletters
 Health Professionals
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· Recommendations · CDC Assistance
· Become Involved   · Materials and References



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Folic Acid Radio PSAs-now available by download
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