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Folic Acid

How much folic acid should I be taking?

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The current recommendation is that all women capable of becoming pregnant get 400 micrograms of folic acid daily from supplements or fortified foods in addition to their intake of folate from a varied diet to help prevent neural-tube defects, such as spina bifida. Once pregnancy is confirmed, the recommended intake for supplementation jumps to 600 micrograms. Most prenatal vitamins contain 800 to 1,000 micrograms, which will cover your folic acid needs.

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Carole Anderson Lucia is an award-winning journalist who has covered medical topics for nearly 20 years.