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# folic acid

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Calls for free folic acid to be given to Irish women as minister considers it ahead of Budget
Taking folic acid every day helps prevent your unborn baby from developing serious and possibly fatal conditions.
Folic acid to be added to UK flour to reduce birth defects ... but no plans in Ireland to do so
According to the HSE, folic acid is important because it can help the nervous system develop in the unborn.
Senator says folic acid should be added to bread to stave off potential birth defects
Senator Catherine Noone said this could drastically reduce the number of babies born with nervous system problems.
Women hesitant to take folic acid because it 'indicates they are actively trying to get pregnant'
“It was just something you took when pregnant, I didn’t know that was the reason.”
A baby might be the last thing on your mind - but you still need to start taking folic acid
Ireland has some of the highest rates of neural tube defects in the world, but the mandatory fortification of food could reduce our rates by 30%.
Even if you aren't actively trying for a baby you might need to take folic acid
Folic acid needs to be high four weeks after conception, so waiting until the pregnancy test is positive is too late.