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Folic Acid

Every woman who is sexually active should take a daily multivitamin containing 0.4 mg of folic acid. 

What is folic acid?

Folic acid is a B vitamin.

Why should I take folic acid?

During pregnancy, folic acid helps your baby’s spine, brain and skull develop properly. When a baby’s brain and spinal cord do not develop normally in the first weeks of pregnancy it is called a neural tube defect (NTD).  This is a serious birth defect that can cause stillbirth or lifelong physical problems.

Is it important to take folic acid before you become pregnant?

Yes. Your baby’s brain and spinal cord are formed before you know you are pregnant. At the very least, start taking your supplement 3 months before you plan on becoming pregnant.

Do I need to take folic acid if I am not planning on becoming pregnant?

Yes. Birth control can fail and many pregnancies are unplanned.
Even if you are not planning on becoming pregnant, it is important to take care of you!
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Women need Folic Acid, courtesy of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Updated Aug 8, 2017