Folic acid taken by less than third of women planning pregnancy

3rd March 2014

Proportion heeding guidelines on B vitamin pre-pregnancy supplements falls despite advice on spina bifida risk.

Women are ignoring expert advice to take folic acid supplements before pregnancy to protect their unborn children, a study has shown.

Researchers who questioned nearly 500,000 women attending antenatal clinics in England and the Isle of Man found that fewer than one in three took folic acid prior to becoming pregnant.

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