National Folic Acid Awareness Week: January 3-10, 2021

Each year, during the first full week of January, folic acid awareness is observed, nationally. It spotlights the importance of this strengthening B-vitamin, especially for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant.

This awareness week was founded in January of 1997 and has been recognized each year since its inception. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in conjunction with the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN), holds annual conventions to share new studies, share best practices and promote vitamin-rich lifestyles for potential and currently pregnant mothers.

This week can be celebrated and observed in taking advantage of reaching out to obstetricians and anesthetists to learn more about preventing defects, taking to social media to help spread the awareness and by incorporating the necessary nutrition into your diets, which can be found in foods like, pasta, legumes, bread, raw green vegetables and in cooking materials, like various flours.

Folic acid is a crucial line of defense in combatting folate deficiencies in infants and, if taken in early stages of pregnancy, can turn away nearly 70% of said deficiencies, including neural and spinal defects. This week is vital because it not only brings attention to birth defects but encourages women to take advantage of easily and readily available necessary B-vitamins to promote healthy babies.

At MedPro Healthcare Staffing, our carefully selected and specially trained Mother – Baby nurses are there to guide pregnant mothers pre- and post-child birth, ensuring the health of both.

For more information, visit the NBDPN and be sure to also check out its guidelines for National Folic Acid Awareness Week, HERE.

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Author: Stacey Edwards

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