Folic acid reduces the risk of serious conditions in pregnancy
Two leading obstetricians, Dr Rhona Mahony of the National Maternity Hospital and Prof Michael Turner of the Coombe Hospital are supporting the campaign urging all women who may get pregnant to take folic acid.
Taking 400 mcg daily before pregnancy and in the early stages can reduce the risk of having a baby with a condition such as spina bifida.
This applies to women who are not just hoping to get pregnant, but also those who are on contraception. Cost can be a consideration, so Safefood, which is leading the campaign, has done its own research on prices.
Hickeys: Trying for a baby - seven seas with folic acid €4.99 / Clonfolic 28 tablets €3.75 / 98 tablets €6.20
Dunnes Stores: Healthpoint 120 tablets €1.99 / Seven Seas Pregnancy with folic acid 28 tablets €3.34
Boots: Sona range folic acid 90 tablets €5.99 / Boots 60 tablets €2.99 / 180 tablets €6.99 / Kelkin 60 tablets €4.99 / Beeline 90 tablets €6.99 / Clonfolic 28 tablets €3.79 / 98 tablets €6.39
Tesco: Tesco folic acid 90 tablets €0.50 / Beeline folic acid 90 tablets €6.65
Aldi: Activ - Max Women's Health 180 tablets €0.99
(prices are correct at time of press)
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