Folic acid supplementation use among women who contact a teratology information service

Kathleen M. Stepanuk, Jorge Tolosa, Dawnette Lewis, Victoria Myers, Cynthia Royds, Juan Carlos Sabogal, Ronald Librizzi

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the percentage of the women who call a teratology information service who take folic acid before conception. STUDY DESIGN: A pilot-tested questionnaire was used to survey women who called a teratology information service about their use of folic acid supplementation. Frequencies were generated by pregnancy status, age, race, and parity. RESULTS: Of the 693 pregnant callers, 42% of the women initiated folic acid use 6 weeks before pregnancy, 35% of the women initiated folic acid use during pregnancy. Thirty-seven percent of the total caller population reported taking folic acid. Forty-seven percent of pregnant white women versus 27% of pregnant black women reported preconceptional folic acid use (P = .005). Thirty-nine percent of pregnant women who were 30 years old (P = .018). CONCLUSION: Most pregnant women take folic acid; however, only a minority of them start before conception. The use of preconceptional folic acid, although higher than the national average of 30%, was still low. Many women start taking folic acid in their pregnancy after the neural tube is closed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)964-967
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume187
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Teratology
Information Services
Folic Acid
Pregnant Women
Pregnancy
Neural Tube
Parity

Keywords

  • Folic acid
  • Neural tube defect
  • Pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Folic acid supplementation use among women who contact a teratology information service. / Stepanuk, Kathleen M.; Tolosa, Jorge; Lewis, Dawnette; Myers, Victoria; Royds, Cynthia; Sabogal, Juan Carlos; Librizzi, Ronald.

In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 187, No. 4, 10.2002, p. 964-967.

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Stepanuk, Kathleen M. ; Tolosa, Jorge ; Lewis, Dawnette ; Myers, Victoria ; Royds, Cynthia ; Sabogal, Juan Carlos ; Librizzi, Ronald. / Folic acid supplementation use among women who contact a teratology information service. In: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 2002 ; Vol. 187, No. 4. pp. 964-967.
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