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A 24-year-old female asked:

How many mcg folic acid should i take when trying to conceive?

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Dr. Sammy Pedram
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
800mcg - 1000mcg: Longer answer is 400 - 1000 mcg but many obstetricians prescribe 1000mcg. The goal is to prevent a specific type of birth defect involving the spinal cord and nervous system. The United States dept. Of health and services has a website with more information. They recommend 400 - 800 mcg. Check it out: http://womenshealth.Gov/publications/our-publications/fact-sheet/folic-acid.Cfm.
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Dr. Liza Kunz
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 23 years experience
800 mcg: While the absolute minimum i would recommend is 400 mcg, many standard prenatal vitamins contain 800 mcg or even 1 mg. All of these doses are acceptable. The important thing is to start taking your folate (folic acid) when you contemplating conception. If you wait until you are 2-3 weeks after your period is missed to start a prenatal vitamin it may be to late to prevent a neural tube defect.
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A 24-year-old female asked:

Trying to conceive. How many mg of folic acid should I consume daily? And what else good to consume?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
1 milligram: 1 milligram of folic acid will help to avoid neural tube defects in a conceived fetus along with a good prenatal vitamin.
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Last updated Jan 14, 2016

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