FOLIC ACID

What All Women Should Know

Because many pregnancies are unplanned, all women who could become pregnant should take a daily multivitamin containing 0.4mg (400mcg) of folic acid.    

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Question of the Month


Q.I can’t swallow large pills. How can I take a vitamin with folic acid?
Answer

A. These days, multivitamins with folic acid come in chewable chocolate or fruit flavors, liquids, and large oval or smaller round pills.

A single serving of many breakfast cereals also has the amount of folic acid that a woman needs each day.

Check the label! Look for cereals that have 100% daily value (DV) of folic acid in a serving,...


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