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When before conception should a woman start taking folic acid supplements?
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Marianne DiNapoli
Obstetrics & Gynecology
7 doctors agree
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Marianne DiNapoli
Marianne DiNapoli
Answer assisted by Marianne Di Napoli, Medical Student
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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 doctors agree
In brief: 3 months
Most recommend taking Folic Acid at least three months before pregnancy.
This has shown to reduce the risk of certain birth abnormalities called neural tube defects. A regular multivitamin or a prenatal vitamin will have more than enough folic acid.

In brief: 3 months
Most recommend taking Folic Acid at least three months before pregnancy.
This has shown to reduce the risk of certain birth abnormalities called neural tube defects. A regular multivitamin or a prenatal vitamin will have more than enough folic acid.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Dr. Samir Shakfeh
Obstetrics & Gynecology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Folic acid
One month prior to start trying.

In brief: Folic acid
One month prior to start trying.
Dr. Samir Shakfeh
Dr. Samir Shakfeh
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