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How early before conception should a woman start taking folic acid supplements?

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Dr. Gerard Honore
Fertility Medicine 29 years experience
3 months: Recommendation is to start 3months before ttc.

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When before conception should a woman start taking folic acid supplements?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Now!: If you are trying to conceive, you should start taking prenatal vitamins (containing folic acid) now. Folic acid prevents an abnormality in the fetus that can occur before a woman even knows she is pregnant, so it is a good idea to start the vitamins early. Neural tube defect risks escalate greatly with folate deficiency, and result in serious illness to the child. Start now!

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