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.

Can I Take Too Much Folic Acid?

Folic acid is probably the most important B vitamin a pregnant woman can take before, during and after pregnancy. Women in their reproductive years would  benefit best from starting folic acid supplements as soon as they consider starting a family.

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Folic Acid

What is folic acid and what does it do?

January Is Birth Defect Prevention Month

  January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, a time to focus on raising awareness about the frequency with which birth defects occur in the United States 

Is a Gummy Prenatal Vitamin Good Enough?

I was successfully taking my prenatal vitamin while we were trying to conceive (TTC). And then it happened, about 8 weeks into my pregnancy, I couldn't handle it anymore. Just the thought of it made me sick.

Are Over-the-Counter and Prescription Prenatal Vitamins the Same?

Walk through the vitamin aisle at any major retail or vitamin store and you are likely to see a prenatal vitamin. When I was pregnant with my children just 10 years ago prenatal vitamins were prescribed, not taken as over-the-counter supplements.

Choline Affects Infant Health After Birth

Research now shows that choline supplementation may reduce the impact of stress on your fetus well beyond birth. Choline reduces the impact of stress in the fetus for a lifetime.

Trying to Conceive? Get your Nutrient Stores Ready!

Trying to conceive? You shouldn’t be waiting for the positive pregnancy test to start making some changes to prep your body. One of the most important things you can start doing right now is as simple as taking a prenatal vitamin.

Men’s Fertility Tips: Eat Green Leafy Vegetables

There’s nothing better than a pot of collard greens, kale or mustard greens. I grew up on these foods, but we just knew them as a tasty part of dinner – not as a male fertility booster.

Could Folic Acid Give Your Baby Asthma?

Folic acid has many benefits even outside of pregnancy, including lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke, and even some types of cancer.

New Therapy Could Decrease the Risk of Diabetes Related Birth Defects

While she was pregnant, my friend developed gestational diabetes. She caught it early though, and through proper diet and monitoring she was able to deliver a healthy baby. 

New Study Shows Direct Link Between Folic Acid and Autism

Today, a study was released by the Journal of the American Medical Association that showed groundbreaking results in a study about prenatal folic acid consumption.

Maternal nutrition and perinatal outcomes.

All reproductive age women should take a multivitamin daily. In pregnancy, health care providers need to assess women's diets, give them weight gain recommendations based on their body mass index measurement, and advise them to eat a Mediterranean diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids 

The impact of dietary folate intake on reproductive function in premenopausal women: a prospective cohort study.

These findings suggest that a diet high in synthetic folate may be associated with increased progesterone levels and lower risk of sporadic anovulation. Further study of the effect of dietary folate and folic acid supplement use on reproductive health is warranted.

Chloasma, The Pregnancy Mask

During pregnancy a mask of discoloration, chloasma, on the face that can occur. But chloasma, or the pregnancy mask, is just a natural part of pregnancy.

Preconconception Vitamins and Folic Acid

Folic acid in combination with a multivitamin supplement has been associated with a decrease in specific birth defects.

American Breastfeeding and Parenting

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