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.

Does Folic Acid Have Any Effect on Male Fertility?

A simple B vitamin commonly associated with pregnant women and preventing neural tube defect, could be an effective solution for some male fertility problems. ... read more »

Why Prenatal Vitamins and Other Supplements are Important

Prenatal vitamins and other supplements are advised for women who are trying to conceive, who are pregnant, and who are nursing. ... read more »

What to Expect When You’re Expecting to Expect

Everyone is worried about what to expect when they are expecting, but what should they expect when they are expecting to expect? The answer, fortunately, is far less confusing. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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

There's a mystery involving rare birth defects in a small rural area ofWashington state that's pitting mothers and medical personnel againstthe state's health department. ... read more »

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  ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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.  ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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  ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Preconconception Vitamins and Folic Acid

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

American Breastfeeding and Parenting

New parents and those who are still expecting will do everything that they can so that their children will have a future that is both positive and healthy such as feeding their babies with breast milk as long as possible. ... read more »

Low Sperm Count

Can low sperm count be improved? One study says yes! ... read more »