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Why New Hope Promotes National Folic Acid Awareness Week

Blood Platelets (2)Folic acid is used to make the extra blood your body needs to support a successful pregnancy. In January 2020, the fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center will be promoting National Folic Acid Awareness Week. This movement is observed January 5th through 11th 2020 – a week to increase our patients’ awareness about the crucial role folic acid plays in the prevention of congenital disabilities.

Folic Acid Awareness Week

  • Every woman in her prime reproductive years should consume 400 mcg of folic acid every day to prepare for pregnancy
  • Pregnant women should consume 600 mcg each day to prevent neural tube defects

Other Important Fertility Awareness Movements

  • Cervical Cancer Health Awareness Month: January
  • National Birth Defects Prevention Month: January
  • Endometriosis Awareness Month: March
  • National Woman’s Health Week: May 8th – 14th
  • World Infertility Awareness Month: June
  • Men’s Health Month: June
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day (October 15)
  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: September
  • PCOS Awareness Month: September

Improving Your Fertility Health

Nutrition plays an essential role in improving the chances of conception and supporting a healthy pregnancy. Diet matters greatly before pregnancy and solidifies healthy eating habits during pregnancy. A diet and fertility study has examined the impact of nutrition on a woman’s fertility.

Folic-Acid Rich Foods

  • Leafy greens – such as spinach
  • Citrus fruits – such as orange juice
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Fortified cereals
  • Rice
  • Pasta

Nutrient-Rich Supplements and Alternative Foods & Beverages

  • Folic acid supplements
  • Vitamin B12 supplements
  • Foods rich in Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Low-sodium canned or frozen veggies
  • Herbs and spices instead of salt
  • Lemon juice, citrus zest, or hot chilies for extra flavor and no sodium
  • Canned fruits packed in juice or water – not syrup
  • Non-fat, plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream
  • Healthy vegetable oils instead of butter
  • Half wheat and half white flour
  • Puree sweet potatoes, carrots, or cauliflower and keep in freezer for easy use in soups and casseroles
  • Instead of alcohol – infuse cranberries, pomegranate arils, or orange slices into sparkling water
  • Plant-based foods
  • Protein-rich foods
  • Healthy fats
  • A bit of full-fat dairy products

Avid Promoters of Folic Acid Awareness Week

To schedule your initial consultation with one of the celebrated fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center – click the icon below – or call 212.969-7422.

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