Folic Acid

About 50% of pregnancies are unintended. If you are sexually active and could become pregnant, taking a multivitamin with folic acid in it every day can help to prevent birth defects. Click on the pills to learn more.

Folic acid taken before pregnancy can help lower the risk of having a baby born with a neural tube defect.
Look for a daily multivitamin with 0.4mg (400 mcg) of folic acid in it. In some cases, more is needed - talk to your health care provider about the amount that is right for you.
Remember to take a multivitamin that contains folic acid every day - set up a routine that works best for you.
It's hard to get the amount of folic acid needed from food alone.
Look for either "folic acid" or "folate" on the label of a multivitamin bottle.
Start your multivitamin at least 3 months before trying to have a baby. This helps to make sure that you have enough folic acid in the early weeks of pregnancy, before you even know you are pregnant.