Pregnant women need to take large amounts of folic acid so that their babies can grow healthy nerves and brains. Spina Bifida, a congenital birth defect, can happen when there is too little folic acid. Taking regular doses is how most pregnant women get enough.
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But one vitamin manufacturer in the UK had to recall their pregnancy vitamin gummies because they contain only half of the recommended dose. The Sun talked about the story.
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The orange flavor of Gummies Pregnancy Vitamins contained 200 micrograms of folic acid. This is in line with EU and UK regulation. However, the NHS, the health service in the UK, says women should take 400 micrograms daily before they become pregnant up to the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. By that point, the spine is formed so spina bifida cannot develop.
The manufacturer has voluntarily performed the recall, saying that only the orange flavored ones were affected. Buyers of the vitamins are entitled to a full refund.
Folic acid can also be found in many foods like dark leafy greens, and it can be added to other foods to enrich them. However, it is difficult to get enough folic acid through food alone. Women with a high risk of fetal damage may be encouraged to take even higher doses.