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What is the medical benefit of folic acid for pregnant women?
11 doctors weighed in

Nicole Bressler
Emergency Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: Prevent Spina Bifida
Folic acid is extremely important during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida, a condition in which the spinal vertebrae do not close properly and the spinal cord is not protected.
There are several types of spina bifida, all of which can be prevented with folic acid. Folic acid is also important for making dna and development of the neurological system - especially the spinal cord and vertebrae.

In brief: Prevent Spina Bifida
Folic acid is extremely important during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida, a condition in which the spinal vertebrae do not close properly and the spinal cord is not protected.
There are several types of spina bifida, all of which can be prevented with folic acid. Folic acid is also important for making dna and development of the neurological system - especially the spinal cord and vertebrae.
Nicole Bressler
Nicole Bressler
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Dr. Eric Levey
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Folic acid supplemen
It is estimated that 50-70% of cases of spina bifida and other neural tube defects could be prevented if all women of child-bearing age took 400 micrograms (0.
4mg) of Folic Acid daily. Because neural tube defects develop during the first 3 to 4 weeks after conception, it is usually too late for a woman to start taking a Folic Acid supplement after she becomes pregnant.

In brief: Folic acid supplemen
It is estimated that 50-70% of cases of spina bifida and other neural tube defects could be prevented if all women of child-bearing age took 400 micrograms (0.
4mg) of Folic Acid daily. Because neural tube defects develop during the first 3 to 4 weeks after conception, it is usually too late for a woman to start taking a Folic Acid supplement after she becomes pregnant.
Dr. Eric Levey
Dr. Eric Levey
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Dr. Felicia Tillman
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Prevent spina bifida
Folic acid is needed for the development of a normal spinal column.
See previous answer.

In brief: Prevent spina bifida
Folic acid is needed for the development of a normal spinal column.
See previous answer.
Dr. Felicia Tillman
Dr. Felicia Tillman
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