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Before you know you're pregnant The first moment you
look into your baby's eyes, you will probably
eel both love and fear
for your new responsibility. It is one of the
strongest instincts of life, to protect your baby.
But you don't have to wait until you see your
baby for the first time. You can start taking
care of your baby today.
Folic acid could
prevent up to 70 percent
of some types of
serious birth defects.
The U.S. Public Health Service recommends
that all women who could become pregnant
get 400 micrograms (0.4 mg) of folic acid every
day. This could prevent up to 70 percent of
some types of serious birth defects. But to do
this, women need folic acid a month before
they get pregnant through the first few weeks
the baby is growing. That's why you should
always get enough folic acid every day...even
if you're not planning a baby until next month,
next year, or later.
For More Information
If you would like more information or would like
additional pamphlets please contact:
Oklahoma Birth Defects Registry
Oklahoma State Department of Health
1000 NE 10th Street, Room 710
Oklahoma City, OK 73117-1299
Telephone: (405) 271-6617
Funding for the printing of this brochure is provided by the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of Atlanta, GA,
grant number 5U50DD000595-02.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
This publication, printed by the DCS - Central Printing, is issued by the
Oklahoma State Department of Health, as authorized by Terry L. Cline,
PhD, Commissioner of Health. 3,000 copies have been printed at a cost o
$750. Copies have been deposited with the Publications Clearinghouse o
the Department of Libraries.
Printed November, 2011
Before You Know