Defectos de Nacimiento
Folic Acid & Birth Defect Prevention
Based on Substantial scientific evidence, in September 1992, the U.S. Public Health Service and the Institute of Medicine recommended that
- All women of child bearing age consume 400 micrograms of folic acid every day, from a supplement or fortified foods, in addition to consuming food folate from a varied diet. This recommendation would also apply to teenage and younger girls who have reached menses.
- Women who have had a previous pregnancy affected by a neural tube defect should see their doctor because they may need a higher amount of folic acid (4.0 milligrams or 4000 micrograms) if planning another pregnancy. Women should not try to get extra folic acid by taking more than one multivitamin per day as this might lead to unhealthy intake levels of other vitamins such as vitamin A.
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Folic Acid Every Day Toolkit Training Module Designed for Health Care Professionals