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Vitamins


  • Folic acid
    • 400 micrograms of folic acid should be taken by women whilst trying to conceive and up to 12 weeks of pregnancy
    • The does of folic acid should be increased to 5 micrograms if:
      • a woman has had a previous pregnancy affected by a neural tube defect
      • a woman or their partner have a family history of neural tube defects
      • a woman has diabetes
      • a woman has a BMI above 30

  • Vitamin D
    • 10 micrograms of Vitamin D per day, throughout the year, for everyone in the general population aged 4 years and older
    • 10 micrograms of Vitamin D per fay for pregnant and lactating women and population groups at increased risk of Vitamin D deficiency
    • 'safe intake' of 8.5 to 10 micrograms per day for all infants from birth to 1 years old
    • 'safe intake' of 10 micrograms per day for children aged 1 to 4 years old

Safe intake refers to intake from all dietary sources; natural food sources, fortified foods and supplements.

Women taking anti-epileptic medication should consult their GP for advice, as they may need a higher dose of folic acid.

  • Healthy Start Vitamins and Vouchers 
    • If you are pregnant or have a child under the age of  4 you may qualify for Healthy Start and Healthy Start vitamins if you are on benefits or under 18.
    • If you are eligible you can get free vouchers to spend on milk or fresh and frozen vegetables.
    • Refer to the pathways to determine who is entitled and how they can access the free vitamins and vouchers.
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  • Maternity services - speak to your midwife
  • Health Visiting Team
  • Your local Children's Centre
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  • As of November 2017, there was uptake of 60% of Healthy Start from eligible families in Wiltshire, compared to 67% nationally.
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Last updated: 29 March 2019 | Last reviewed: 29 March 2019