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5 TIPS ON HOW TO GET PREGNANT

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You and your partner have decided to start a family – congratulations! Below are five tips that may help make the conception process go a bit smoother.   

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SPINA BIFIDA AND FOLIC ACID

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that spina bifida, a neural tube defect (NTD), is one of the most common, permanently disabling birth defects in the United States, affecting about 1,500 babies born each year. 1 NTDs occur when the neural tube, which develops into the brain and spinal cord, does not form correctly.

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5 TIPS FOR PRECONCEPTION HEALTH

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Preconception health is important to every woman, whether she is planning to get pregnant now, in the near future, or “someday” – especially since nearly half of all pregnancies in the United States are unplanned. Following are five tips to help you prepare for your blessed event.

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ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH FOLIC ACID

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Healthful diets with adequate folate may reduce a woman's risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord defect. Women capable of becoming pregnant should take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid per day from a supplement or fortified foods in addition to the natural food folate from a varied diet.

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