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What is the role of folic acid in pregnancy

A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
Obstetrics and Gynecology 17 years experience
Prevent defects: Folic acid is a b vitamin. It helps prevent babies from getting neural tube defects (like spina bifida). Ideally it should be started before you sta... Read More
Dr. Marybeth Lambe
Travel Medicine 45 years experience
Numerous: Taking Folic Acid before getting pregnant & just after pregnancy is as important as maintaining it's use right through 9 months and on into breastfeed... Read More
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Prevention: Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for pre... Read More

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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Hematology and Oncology 23 years experience
Growth/development: It is essential for the growth and development of the central nervous system as well as the overall baby's development.
A 18-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Yes: Our diet lacks folic acid. When your body is lacking this nutrient there is a higher chance of developing a neural tube defect within the embrio. To... Read More
Dr. Brian Nguyen
Obstetrics and Gynecology 11 years experience
Yes: Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for pre... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doina Marina
Anti-Aging Medicine 53 years experience
You decide.: Rda (recommended daily allowance) for Folic Acid during pregnancy is at present 600 micrograms (mcg). However, an old U.S. Public service guideline ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Fewer birth defects: Folic acid has been shown to lower the risk of neural tube defects like spina bifida in babies. Since the nervous system develops early on, it's impor... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Herold
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Supplements: Most prenatal vitamins have Folic Acid in them. You can take additional folate (folic acid) supplements found in the pharmacy or health food store. ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marino Tavarez
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I dont know: that it increases chances, but should help maturing embryo/fetus once there is a conception.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Yes: During pregnancy, you need extra folate (folic acid) to prevent brain and spinal cord defects in the baby. You should take a prenatal vitamin to make... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Any : They are all the same so just find one you like. Take at least 1 mg per day.
A 19-year-old member asked:
Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Folic acid: Folic acid is found in many foods and is a part of the b-complex group of vitamins. Deficiency can cause several problems but the severe ones occur wi... Read More

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