Folic acid is a vitamin (B9) and is an essential pregnancy vitamin. It plays a very important role in the first trimester of pregnancy, helping your baby’s nervous system to develop. If you’re planning to have a baby, it’s important that you take supplement containing 400 mcg folic acid per day for 12 weeks before you conceive. This allows it to build up in your body to a level against help reduce the risk of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. This requirement increases during pregnancy to 600 mcg per day until the end of the first trimester.
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