Folic acid is a B vitamin. When taken before and early in pregnancy it helps prevent birth defects of nervous tissue, the brain and spinal cord. Some studies show it can also prevent miscarriage, stroke, autism, and certain cancers. Every fertile woman should take a multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid before pregnancy as well as during early pregnancy. Women who have already had a pregnancy affected by a birth defect of the brain or spinal cord, or a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) should take 4000 micrograms.
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Preconception and Periconception Care and Health

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Too Much Sun Exposure Diminishes Value of Folic Acid Supplements

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Mom and Dad Need Folic Acid in Diet Before Conception

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Three Washington Counties Experience Cluster of Rare Birth Defects: Why?

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Dad’s Folic Acid Consumption May Be Vital To Baby’s Health

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Is a Gummy Prenatal Vitamin Good Enough?

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Folic Acid Deficiencies Can Cause Defects in Future Generations

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