- 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
- 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 day 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.
- Maternity services - speak to your midwife
- Health Visiting Team
- Your local Children's Centre
As of November 2017, there was uptake of 60% of Healthy Start from eligible families in Wiltshire, compared to 67% nationally.