User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


64° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Folic Acid Offers Even More Protection

June 15, 2009, 6:10 PM by Kelli Grant

Folic Acid Offers Even More Protection
Have you taken your multi-vitamin today? One you've most likely heard of may offer more protection than you think.

It's affordable, you take it once a day and it can prevent serious birth defects.  Folic acid is now being recommended more than ever before.

Sara Wolthuizen is expecting for the first time and due in October. But she started planning long before conceiving her bundle of joy.

Six months before she found out she was pregnant, she started taking a pre-natal vitamin pumped full of folic acid.

“You can prevent over half of spina bifida.  About 70 percent of the time can completely prevent it by taking folic acid," Dr. Laura Davis-Keppen with Sanford Children's Specialty Clinic said.

There's also evidence it prevents heart defects and premature birth.

“The birth defect that we know the most about is spina bifida or nuero tube defects and those occur before the third week of pregnancy, so this is before someone really may even realize that they are pregnant. That's why it's recommended for any woman that could become pregnant to take folic acid," Keppen said.

“It’s amazing in the first three weeks all the stuff that happens. So that's important to have the vitamin before you even want to get pregnant,” Wolthuizen said.

Some pregnancy specialists believe folic acid is so important, they're urging the government to boost the amount being added to certain foods to help ensure expecting moms get enough.

“You may get folic acid from things such as enriched cereals, whole wheat, dried beans, dark green leafy vegetables but you have to work at it,” Keppen said.

Still, taking the supplement early is key because some pregnancies can come as a surprise.

“People do not always plan their pregnancies. It's good for your health. Taking a multi vitamin is good for your health anyway, but when you've got someone else's life at stake, why wouldn't you want to do this?” Keppen said.

Learn more about folic acid from the March of Dimes.

Previous Story

Next Story




 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Jesus Take The Wheel

9/25/2014 10:00 PM

Miracle on the highway: that's how many people are describing a bad crash between a semi-truck and car in which no one was killed.

Full Story | Watch
Autistic Student Gets Royal Treatment

9/26/2014 4:55 PM

Friday night's homecoming at Brandon Valley High School is a crowning achievement for a senior who's living with autism.

Full Story | Watch
Iowa Teen Dies Two Days After Fight At School

9/28/2014 11:42 AM

Prosecutors may file additional charges because a western Iowa teen died two days after suffering a head injury during a fight at school.

Full Story
Police: Missing Boy Shows Up At School

9/26/2014 6:39 AM

Sioux Falls police say a missing boy showed up for school Friday morning.  

Full Story
Man Charged With Rape And Recording Women In USD Showers

9/24/2014 12:07 PM

According to court papers, police first had contact with Daniel R. Hammer on August 28.

Full Story


Events