Folic acid is a B vitamin. If a woman has enough folic acid in her body before and during pregnancy, it can help prevent major birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine. Women need 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.
Facts, why it’s important, and how much women need.
Occurrence and recurrence prevention.
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CDC’s global initiative to reduce death and lifelong disability due to neural tube defects.