NYSTCE Health Education Exam Prep

Category - Personal Health and Fitness

Women of childbearing age are urged to take folic acid supplements because:
  1. Deficiency may result in internal bleeding
  2. Deficiency increases gestation period of child
  3. Deficiency may result in neural tube defects in infants
  4. Sufficiency is associated with higher social economic status
Explanation

Answer: C - Women of child bearing age are urged to take folic acid supplements because deficiency increases the risk in developing neural tube defects in children. It is advised to take supplementation before pregnancy because the neural tube closes after 3 or 4 weeks, and often times woman may not know they are pregnant.

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