20Worth Taking: Folic Acid
Folic acid is the synthetic form of vitamin B9 and it is vitally important for pregnant women and those planning a pregnancy. According to Pregnancy Birth and Baby, enough folic acid in the mother’s body helps to prevent neural tube defects, or birth defects in the spine of the
developing baby, conditions such as spina bifida.
Women should take a dose of 400 mg of folic acid when they are trying to get pregnant and up until the twelfth week of pregnancy, as this is the time the baby’s spine is developing. Some women will be advised by their doctor to take a larger dose of folic acid. This will occur if you or your partner have a family history of neural tube defects or if you have diabetes.