Posted by: MummyTravels | Apr 17, 2012

Every little helps…

For more than the past year, tucked away in the corner of every bag and suitcase I’ve travelled with has been a small pot of vitamins – various concoctions with one thing in common; each contains folic acid.

Although taking folic acid is essential to help cut developmental defects, including spina bifida and neural tube disorders, around three in 10 women don’t take a supplement, as they don’t realise its importance.

The recommended amount is 400mcg per day from at least three months before trying to conceive to at least the end of your first trimester. Although folate, the natural version, is present in some foods, most women don’t get the increased levels they need from their diet alone.

And although some local Primary Care Trusts give pregnant women free NHS Healthy Start Vitamins, it’s not available nationwide, and not everyone realises it’s an option (I certainly didn’t) and it’s not the easiest thing to find out.

So top marks to Asda which is offering free folic acid to pregnant women or those trying to conceive, handed out with a ‘Healthy Pregnancy Guide’ produced by the baby charity Tommy’s. The three-month supply will be available at their 218 pharmacies around the country during their baby event from April 23 to May 14.



  1. I am so glad that people are working hard for awareness. I didn’t know about it either until my doctor prescribed it to me. Also I am really enjoying your blog, well done!

    • Thank you! Really glad you’re enjoying – and definitely thought this was a great idea by Asda.

  2. THANK YOU so much for the reminder! I’d forgotten about the three months beforehand. Need to buy some asap.

    • My pleasure – glad it was useful.

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