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Morehead City, NC – The Carteret County Health Department, in partnership with the North Carolina March of Dimes Preconception Health Campaign, is offering a free, one-year supply of multivitamins with 400 mg folic acid to non-pregnant women of childbearing age while supplies last. Starting Monday, January 28th, interested persons should come into the Health Department, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, and request multivitamins. A staff person will provide a brief overview of the Preconception Health Campaign and go over the educational material accompanying the multivitamins.
“We are pleased to work with the NC March of Dimes again to offer these multivitamins to women in the community. Multivitamins are important for all women, even if they are not actively planning to have a child. Along with a healthy diet, multivitamins with 400 mg folic acid help maintain energy levels for women. For those who are considering becoming pregnant in the future, multivitamins with 400 mg folic acid can help prevent neural tube defects,” states Kim Davis, RN, Carteret County Health Department Nursing Director.
According to the March of Dimes, neural tube defects, including spinal bifida and anencephaly are common birth defects impacting about 200 pregnancies in North Carolina each year. Neural tube defects can occur around the fourth week of pregnancy oftentimes before most women know they are pregnant. Neural tube defects can cause wide-ranging physical abnormalities varying from minor to fatal.
For more information on the NC March of Dimes Preconception Health Campaign and to learn more about folic acid, please visit http://everywomannc.org/ . For more information on how to obtain multivitamins through this program, please call the Carteret County Health Department at 252.728.8550.