Who? All women who can become pregnant, even if they do not plan to!
What? 400 mcg of Folic Acid as a vitamin supplement or in a multiple vitamin every day. Or daily consumption of a breakfast cereal fortified with 100% folic acid.
When? Before becoming pregnant. This is because the neural tube forms before the end of the 4th week of pregnancy – before most women even know they are pregnant.
Where? Folic acid can be purchased at drug stores and grocery stores.
Why? To potentially reduce the incidence of neural tube defects (spina bifida) by 50-70%.
How? Taking a daily Folic Acid supplement or eating a breakfast cereal fortified with 100% folic acid are easy and effective ways to increase the amount of folic acid in the diet. Research clearly tells us now that the old teaching of vitamins being “unnecessary” is no longer true.