Folic Acid in Foods Folic acid is found in the following foods: Fortified breakfast cereals such as Total and Product 19 Lentils Asparagus Spinach Black beans Peanuts (only if you do not have a peanut allergy) Orange juice (from concentrate is best) Enriched breads and pasta Romaine lettuce Broccoli
Since you will lose weight rapidly right after surgery, avoid getting pregnant for 12-18 months after your operation. Rapid weight loss may deprive a fetus of the nutrients it needs to grow and be healthy.
Talk to your health care provider before you get pregnant.
Be aware of your need for vitamins and minerals. Weight-loss operations can result in low levels of iron, folate, vitamin B12 and calcium. All of these are needed for a healthy pregnancy. Pregnant women who have had weight-loss surgery may need to take vitamin pills.
Goal: Reducing the Rate of Premature Births The March of Dimes goal is to reduce the rate of prematurity from 12.1 percent in 2002 to 7.6% in 2010, in accordance with the the U.S. Public Health Service Healthy People 2010 objective.
Preterm labor and delivery can happen to any pregnant woman. But it happens more often to some women than to others. Researchers continue to study preterm labor and birth. They have identified some risk factors, but still cannot predict which women will give birth too early. Having a risk factor does not mean a woman will have preterm labor or preterm birth.
Three groups of women are at greatest risk of preterm labor and birth:
Women who have had a previous preterm birth
Women who are pregnant with twins, triplets or more
Women with certain uterine or cervical abnormalities
The six priority areas for research are as follows:
New epidemiological studies focused on the risk of extremely preterm births to identify the factors that predispose women to very early labor and delivery.
Genes and their interaction with the environment that, in concert, lead to preterm birth.
Racial and ethnic differences. While prematurity affects all socioeconomic groups, there are significant racial and ethnic disparities. For example, in 2002, non-Hispanic African-Americans had the highest rate of premature babies at 17.7, well above the national rate of 12.1 percent.
Strength in the partnerships and programs worldwide:
Central and Eastern Europe
The March of Dimes works with international partners to educate health care professionals about best practices in perinatal health and to raise public awareness about cost-effective interventions that can improve birth outcomes.
For reasons largely unknown , more than 460,000 babies are born prematurely in the U.S. every year, many so small that their lives hang in the balance. While most survive, some are so tiny that doctors can’t save them.
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