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A 32-year-old female asked:

I'm generally healthy, planning pregnancy, 32 y.o. 1) what's the recommended dosage of folic acid? 2) should i take prenatal vitamins?

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Dr. A. Jay Staub
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Pre-Pregnancy: You should take 800-1000 mcg of frolic acid daily while you are trying to conceive. Most daily multivitamins for women have that amount. You really don't need a prenatal now. Good luck!
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Most multivitamin OTC tablets have 400 mg folic acid. I agree you should take an additional 400 mg. you can start an OTC prenatal vitamin
Dec 19, 2012
Dr. Milroy Samuel
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
400 mcg: 400 mcg is recommended dosage. However, if you have a family history of spinal defects with previous pregnancies then 4 mg is recommended.

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