The retail giant has partnered with Tommy’s the baby charity to offer a free three-month supply to women, starting on Monday (23 April).
Faisal Tuddy, deputy superintendent pharmacist at Asda, said: ‘Folic acid is an essential supplement required during pregnancy to reduce a number of risks including neural tube disorders in babies so we’re delighted to be able announce this commitment to providing folic acid free of charge to those who need it.’
The Department of Health recommends women should take a daily supplement of 400 micrograms of folic acid while they’re trying to conceive and for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Research shows one in three pregnant women don’t take the supplement because they do not realise how important it is to the development of their unborn baby.
Although some local Primary Care Trusts give pregnant women NHS Healthy Start Vitamins containing folic acid for free, they are not available to everyone.
Asda Pharmacies are also stocking free copies of Tommy’s Having a Healthy Pregnancy
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