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Folic Acid Supplements Mebane NC

Local resource for folic acid supplements in Mebane. Includes detailed information on local vitamin stores that provide access to folic acid supplements along with information on folic acid rich foods, folic acid benefits, folate deficiency, and folic acid importance, as well as advice and content on prenatal vitamins.

Natalie Sadler, MD
(919) 929-7527
200 North Greensboro Street, Suite C7A
Carrboro, NC
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Alamance County of
(336) 570-6745
319 N Graham Hopedale Rd
Burlington, NC
 
Alamance County Health Department
(336) 570-6745
319 N Graham Hopedale Rd
Burlington, NC
 
For Your Health
(336) 513-6500
420 Alamance Rd
Burlington, NC
 
Vitamin Shoppe
(919) 484-1243
8421 Brier Creek Parkway Suite 101
Burlington, NC
 
Haven Medical
(919) 969-1414
121 South Estes Drive, Suite 205D
Chapel Hill, NC
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Wic Program
(336) 570-6745
319 N Graham Hopedale Rd
Burlington, NC
 
Gnc Store
(919) 732-3476
133 Mayo St
Hillsborough, NC
 
Alamance Regional Medical Center
(336) 538-8100
Burlington, NC
 
Alex Thompson Nutritionist
(336) 584-3190
2962 S Church St
Burlington, NC
 
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How Early Should I Start Taking Folic Acid?

How Early Should I Start Taking Folic Acid?

Some women think they only need to start taking folic acid once they become pregnant, but in reality any woman of childbearing age should be taking a folic acid supplement on a daily basis. Over half of all pregnancies are unplanned, so it's not always possible to predict when you will conceive. Folic acid helps with the fetus' growth and development in the womb, and without the proper amount your baby is at a much higher risk of developing abnormalities of the brain and spine.

The most common defects are spina bifida and anencephaly, which occur within the first few weeks of development. Spina bifida is a result of the spine fusing improperly, while anencephaly is a developmental disorder that leads to infant death as most of the brain is missing at birth. If your child is born with spina bifida, the spine will protrude from the skin and will need to be surgically closed after delivery. Your child will have some level of paralysis, and may suffer from bowel and bladder control problems, cognitive difficulties, weakness and pain.

By the time you realize you are pregnant, your baby could have already come a long way in terms of development. It could be too late to prevent neural tube defects, even if you start taking folic acid as soon as you confirm your pregnancy. You should begin taking folic acid at least one month before you plan on conceiving, to decrease these risks. If you find out you are pregnant before you start taking folic acid, consult your doctor right away.

A good prenatal vitamin will contain folic acid, so talk to your physician about the supplement that is right for you. Depending on your health, you may need more or less folic acid, but usually women need at least 400 micrograms each day.

You can also get folic acid in a variety of healthy foods. Vegetables like spinach, citrus fruits and beans are all excellent sources of folic acid. Enriched cereals, pastas and breads a...

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The Importance Of Folic Acid Prior To Pregnancy

You may wonder why folic acid is so important for pregnancy. If you are not on birth control, your doctor may be constantly reminding you to make prenatal vitamins a part of your daily routine and lecturing you on their importance. There are even websites devoted to educating women about how crucial it is in the period before and during your pregnancy. What does folic acid do and why is it so necessary?

Folic acid is a water soluble form of vitamin B6. It plays a crucial role in the early development of your baby. Folic acid is key for the production and subsequent maintenance of new cells. In this way, it helps promote the increased blood supply the body needs to create healthy fetal tissues. Without a sufficient amount of folic acid, your baby is exposed to serious neural tube defects of the spine, skull and brain such as spina bifida. These defects can develop in the first thirty days of your pregnancy and unfortunately women aren't even aware they are pregnant until after this period of time. Because of this, it's very important to be sure you are taking your folic acid regularly, even if you are not planning to conceive.

It is possible to get folic acid from your daily food intake. This may be good news for women who find taking vitamins difficult or who are nauseated by some of the ingredients in prenatal vitamins. The word folic comes from the Latin folum which means leaf. It's no surprise then, that dark green leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach ar...

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