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Title: Periconceptional folic acid supplementation in a nationally representative sample of Irish mothers
Author: McNally, Sinead
Bourke, Ashling
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Keywords: Folic acid
maternal health behaviours
Issue Date: Jul-2012
Publisher: Irish Medical Association
Citation: McNally, S. & Bourke, A., Periconceptional folic acid supplementation in a nationally representative sample of Irish mothers, Irish Medical Journal, 105, 7, 2012
Series/Report no.: Irish Medical Journal;105, 7
Abstract: This study reports recent trends in periconceptional folic acid use in Ireland using archived data from Growing Up in Ireland – the National Longitudinal Study of Children. Of a sample of 10,891 mothers, 6,936 (64%) reported taking folic acid before conception and 10,157 (93%) reported taking folic acid during the first trimester of pregnancy. Younger (OR=0.38, 95% CI=0.29-0.50), lower income (OR=0.59, 95% CI=0.51-0.68), lower educated (OR=0.77, 95% CI=0.66-0.89), and single mothers (OR=0.46, 95% CI=0.40-0.52) were less likely to have taken folic acid pre-conception. A similar pattern was found post-conception with younger (OR=0.58, 95% CI=0.40-0.84), lower income (OR=0.40, 95% CI=0.30-0.53), lower educated (OR=0.50, 95% CI=0.38-0.66), and single mothers (OR=0.74, 95% CI=0.60-0.91) less likely to have taken folic acid post-conception. The findings highlight an ongoing need for targeted promotional campaigns to increase supplementation rates among younger and socially disadvantaged mothers.
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