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Can taking folic acid help you conceive?

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Folic acid, which naturally occurs in leafy green vegetables and artificially in fortified flour and rice products, has been shown to lower the risk of certain birth defects. Experts recommend that in addition to a good diet, you should take a multivitamin with folic acid daily for three months before pregnancy and continue throughout your pregnancy. If you've had a previous pregnancy in which the fetus had birth defects of the brain and spinal cord, your doctor will probably recommend a higher dose of 4 mg of folic acid daily.

From: Your Pre-Pregnancy Checkup WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists web site.  BabyMed web site.  National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institutes of Health web site, May 2003.  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences web site, 2003.



Obstetrics and Gynecology, December 2002.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 2, 2018

SOURCES:  American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists web site.  BabyMed web site.  National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institutes of Health web site, May 2003.  National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences web site, 2003.



Obstetrics and Gynecology, December 2002.

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on June 2, 2018

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