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Folic Acid Quiz

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January 7-13, 2018 is National Folic Acid Awareness Week. How much do you know about folic acid? Take our quiz to find out.

Folic acid is a B vitamin. If a woman has enough folic acid in her body before and during pregnancy, it can help prevent some major birth defects of the baby’s brain, known as anencephaly, and spine, known as spina bifida.

Anencephaly is a serious birth defect in which parts of a baby’s brain and skull do not form correctly. Babies born with anencephaly cannot survive. Spina bifida is a serious birth defect in which a baby’s spine does not develop correctly and can result in some severe physical disabilities.

Women who can become pregnant need 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.

Our Work

CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) has made a significant contribution to neural tube defects prevention in the U.S. over the past two decades and led the way in establishing that every woman who can get pregnant should consume 400 mcg of folic acid daily to prevent neural tube defects.

Global Initiative

Birth Defects COUNT is CDC’s global initiative to reduce death and lifelong disability resulting from neural tube defects.

There are more than 300,000 neural tube defects worldwide each year. Expanding the reach of global folic acid fortification in low-and middle-resource countries can prevent 150,000 – 210,000 neural tube defects each year.

  • Page last reviewed: December 6, 2017
  • Page last updated: December 6, 2017
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