Frequently Asked Questions
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cannot give personal advice to any woman about the risks of having a child with a birth defect. Any specific questions a woman has about health or treatment for a condition should be directed to her healthcare provider.
Folic acid, a B vitamin, is important for a baby’s very early development, often before a woman realizes she is pregnant. A woman who plans to or could become pregnant should consume 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day to ensure her baby’s proper development and growth.
- General Information About Neural Tube Defects, Folic Acid, and Folate
- Folic Acid Safety, Interactions, and Effects on Other Outcomes
- Folic Acid and Its Link to Other Health Outcomes
- Folic Acid Fortification and Supplementation
- Neural Tube Defects Surveillance
If you have additional questions, you can email CDC-INFO or call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).
- Page last reviewed: April 11, 2018
- Page last updated: April 30, 2018
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