Taking a daily supplement plus folic acid before pregnancy improves fertility and pregnancy outcomes

It is suggested that women who have the potential of getting pregnant take a supplement of 400-800 mcg of folic acid a day to prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord, called neural tube defects (NTDs). Studies also suggest that folic acid may help prevent some other birth defects as well, it may also prevent autism spectrum disorder, and prevent cleft lip and palate. Folic acid intake is important during pregnancy.

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