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Table 5 The reasons for mothers to take pre-conceptional folic acid (n = 218)

From: Correlates of knowledge on birth defects and associated factors among antenatal mothers in Galle, Sri Lanka: a cross-sectional analytical study

Reasons n %
To prevent the defects associated with the nervous system of the fetus/ baby 11 5.0
For the development of the nervous system of the fetus/ baby 78 35.8
Taken but do not know the reason 31 14.2
Non-specific/ incorrect or invalid reason 98 45.0