National Folic Acid Awareness Week occurs the second week of January, a month dedicated to birth defect prevention. The week is focused on raising awareness about the value of folic acid for pregnant women. It also brings attention to the importance of a woman’s overall health and wellness during pregnancy, in addition to becoming more educated about the risk of birth defects.
According to the National Council on Folic Acid, Hispanic babies are nearly twice as likely to be born with neural tube defects compared to other babies born in the U.S. Reports show that Hispanic women consume the least amount of folic acid of any racial or ethnic group — likely due to the nutritional differences in cuisine.
An estimated 1 in 33 babies is born with a birth defect each year. It is important for all women to be given updated information and made aware about all benefits of taking folic acid during pregnancy.
Folic Acid Helps Reduce Risk of Neural Tube Defects
It has long been known that women who are pregnant or are thinking of becoming pregnant are encouraged to increase their intake of folic acid. Folic acid aids in a baby’s development and research has shown that folic acid helps reduce the risks of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, by up to 70 percent.
Spina bifida is the most common neural tube defect in the U.S., affecting thousands of babies each year. The birth defect is defined by the incomplete development of the brain and spinal cord. It causes difficulties with both physical and mental function. There are four types of spina bifida ranging from mild to severe: occulta, closed neural tube defects, meningocele and myelomeningocele.
- Dark green, leafy vegetables
- Egg yolks
- Certain fruits
- Enriched breads and cereals
Exercise Your Legal Rights
We are focused on giving people information regarding ways to prevent greater risks of birth defects and alerts to certain dangers women may face. Drug manufacturers should also take responsibility by alerting women to risks concerning their products.
Women who take the right steps to ensure the health of their baby should not have to face this hardship due to a drug company’s negligence. If your baby was born with a birth defect and you took medication while pregnant, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact our attorneys today for a free case evaluation. There is never any obligation.