While young brides make lifelong commitments to love their partners “in sickness and in health,” in the hustle and bustle of wedding planning, it’s easy to forget about taking care of their own health, let alone the health of their potential future children. Now is the time for all young women of childbearing age to say “I Do” to taking a daily multivitamin with 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid—to protect their health and the health of their babies-to-be.
Folic acid is an essential B-vitamin that helps build and maintain healthy cells, particularly in developing fetuses. But while many women may think folic acid is only important after conception, science shows that when taken before conception and during early pregnancy, folic acid can significantly reduce the number of birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects (NTDs) by up to 70 percent.
So whether you’re a bride-to-be or the good friend of one, consider taking a multivitamin with 400 mcg of folic acid now and cross two more things off of your checklist—your health and the health of your future family.
Cheers to a lifetime of happiness and health!
The Commitment Project is a partnership between
the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN)
and the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB).