4 doctors weighed in:

Should every woman ttc take folate (folic acid)? What is the dose?

4 doctors weighed in
Angela Zhang
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

All women in their childbearing years should take folate, (folic acid) especially if they are actively trying to conceive.
Folic acid helps reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the fetus. The recommended dosage is 0.4-0.8mcg for women with low risk. Supplementation should begin at least 1 month before conception and continued throughout the first trimester.

In brief: Yes.

All women in their childbearing years should take folate, (folic acid) especially if they are actively trying to conceive.
Folic acid helps reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the fetus. The recommended dosage is 0.4-0.8mcg for women with low risk. Supplementation should begin at least 1 month before conception and continued throughout the first trimester.
Angela Zhang
Angela Zhang
Answer assisted by Angela Zhang, Medical Student
Thank
Get help from a real doctor now
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Board Certified, Obstetrics & Gynecology
26 years in practice
49M people helped
Continue
108,000 doctors available
Read more answers from doctors