Determinants of folate status in pregnant women: results from a national cross-sectional survey in Belgium.

Last updated on 22-8-2019 by Anonymous (niet gecontroleerd)

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BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Folic acid deficiency during pregnancy can lead to neural tube defects (NTD) in the fetus. Folate status was determined in a representative sample of Belgian pregnant women and determinants of folate status were assessed.SUBJECTS/METHODS: The women were selected using a multi-stage proportionate-to-size sampling design. Blood samples were collected and a questionnaire was completed face-to-face with a study nurse. Erythrocyte (red blood cell (RBC)) folate concentration was measured by chemoluminescence.RESULTS: In total, 1311 pregnant women participated and women with…

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