CDC: Folic Acid Instrumental to Healthy Births

CDC: Folic Acid Instrumental to Healthy Births

The CDC and Seattle Children's wants women of childbearing years to take a supplement to make sure they have enough folic acid in their body before pregnancy. "Neural tube defects are also known as spina bifida or anencephaly, and that's when the brain and spinal cord don't develop properly. Research has shown going back several decades that folic acid can help prevent these types of birth defects if they're taken early," said Dr. Michelle Terry of Seattle Children’s Hospital.

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