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Should I take prenatal vitamins if I am pregnant with twins and over 35?

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Yes. All women of childbearing age should take a daily prenatal vitamin containing at least 400 micrograms of folic acid. Getting enough folic acid every day before and during the first three months of pregnancy can help prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. Taking folic acid adds an important level of protection for older women, who have a higher risk of having babies with birth defects.

From: Twins Pregnancy After 35 WebMD Medical Reference

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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Later Childbearing;" "Screening for Birth Defects;" "Reducing Your Risk of Birth Defects;" and "Routine Tests in Pregnancy."

March of Dimes: "A Mommy After 35" and "Overweight and Obesity During Pregnancy."

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on November 6, 2018

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American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: "Later Childbearing;" "Screening for Birth Defects;" "Reducing Your Risk of Birth Defects;" and "Routine Tests in Pregnancy."

March of Dimes: "A Mommy After 35" and "Overweight and Obesity During Pregnancy."

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on November 6, 2018

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