I can't say that I know a lot about being pregnant, nor do I have a clue as to what folic acid does - I just know it's important. Asda has announced that as part of its 'baby event' this April it's offering free folic acid to all expectant mothers, as well as all women who are trying to conceive. Apparently 3 in 10 women don't take the supplement because they are unaware of its vital importance, but Asda wants to ensure a three month supply is free of charge for all women trying to conceive and during the early stages of pregnancy, regardless of their postcode.
Faisal Tuddy, deputy superintendant pharmacist at Asda said: “Asda Pharmacy puts customers’ needs first, and expectant mums are no different. 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. Working in partnership with Tommy’s, we will continue to help provide support and advice for women trying for a baby, mums-to-be and new mums. Women can visit any Asda Pharmacy, at any time, for information or guidance on pregnancy starting from as early as the pre-conception stage - and it costs nothing.”
A visit to Asda will also give women immediate access to a fully qualified health professional who can offer invaluable advice on health, diet and tips for sustaining a healthy pregnancy. Through the partnership with Tommy’s, Asda will be giving away, free of charge, the Tommy’s ‘Having a Healthy Pregnancy’ Guide - an indepth support book full of lifestyle advice on diet and nutrition, weight management, exercise, smoking cessation and general well-being to help women maximize their pregnancy health from planning through to birth. I think this is an absolutely brilliant initiative, so bravo for Asda taking a stand and proving that every little helps. (Oops wrong supermarket.)
Asda Pharmacy is available in 218 Asda stores - store locator available on www.asda.co.uk