Leading Canadian Dietitians Explain Impact of New Folic Acid Guidelines

    TORONTO, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - New guidelines issued last week by the Society
of Obstetricians and Gyneacologists (SOGC) and Motherisk, regarding folic acid
dosing provides valuable new information for Canadian woman.

    Guideline research concludes that:
    -   A multivitamin with folic acid has positive and preventive benefits
        for woman before, during and after pregnancy.
    -   Women should begin to take a multivitamin with folic acid, at least
        two to three months preconception and that women continue to take
        this multivitamin for at least four to six weeks postpartum, or as
        long as breast feeding
    -   Intake of a prenatal multivitamin with folic acid during this time
        may help decrease the risk of birth defects such as neural tube
        defects (e.g. spina bifida), congenital heart disease, urinary tract
        problems, oral facial clefts, limb defects and some pediatric

    The guidelines suggest that women who are healthy, with no history of
neural tube defects or serious health issues, and follow a good diet should
take a daily multivitamin with 0.4 to 1 mg of folic acid. This accounts for
about 90% of expectant moms.
    High risk women such as those who suffer from diabetes, obesity or those
with a family history of neural tube defects such as spina bifida should talk
to their doctor about higher levels of folic acid.

    The following registered dietitians are available for media interviews:

                   Toronto and Ottawa - Helene Charlebois
                   Montreal - Kim Arrey
                   Winnipeg - Gina Sunderland
                   Calgary - Samara Felesky-Hunt

For further information:

For further information: To book an interview with a dietitian, please
contact Kate Morrison at kate.morrison@fleishman.ca or (416) 645-8201

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