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


I am trying to become pregnant and my partner’s family has a history of spina bifida. Is the recommended 0.4mg of folic acid a day enough, or should I take more?
Answer

For people who are considered high risk (they have a family history of neural tube defects, are taking anti-seizure medications, are clinically obese et cetera), there is a higher chance of your baby developing a neural tube defect. If you identify as a high risk person, you may require more than 0.4mg of folic acid, so speak to your healthcare...


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