Play the numbers game - The folic facts of life!

40
At least 40% of pregnancies are unplanned.

unplanned pregnacy
400
All women who might become pregnant are recommended to take a daily tablet containing 400mcg of folic acid each day.

Tablets
28
Birth defects of the brain and spinal cord (Neural Tube Defects) develop in the first 28 days of pregnancy - before many women even know that they are pregnant!
9
Folic Acid is also known as Vitamin B9
Vitamin B9
3
Women need to start taking extra folic acid before conception and continue taking it for the first 3 months of pregnancy.
20
It is 20 years since scentists first proved that folic acid can help prevent Neural Tube Defects.
5
Some women are at a higher risk of having a baby with a Neural Tube Defect and they are recommended to take a higher dose of 5mg of folic acid.
72
Up to 72% of Neural Tube Defects could be prevented if all women took folic acid as recommended.
900
Each year in the UK 900 pregnancies are affected by Neural Tube Defects.
1
It takes 1 tablet of folic acid a day to help prevent Neural Tube Defects such as spina bifida.
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Spina bifida • Hydrocephalus • Information • Networking • Equality - SHINE (Registered Charity No 249338), covering England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Scotland is covered by the Scottish Spina Bifida Association - SSBA (Scottish Charity No SC 013328).

Our special thanks go to the Go Folic! Women's Nutrition Project in San Francisco for their inspiration and support.