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How much folic acid is necessary for a woman trying to conceive?
Q: I am thinking about getting pregnant very soon. How much folic acid should I take?
Eve J.
A: You should take a supplement of 400 micrograms of folic acid daily. This is the same as .4 milligrams of folic acid. Most multivitamins include this minimum amount of folic acid. Orange juice, cereal, leafy vegetables and some fortified breads have additional folic acid. You should start taking extra folic acid for several months before getting pregnant to build up your body’s stores of this helpful vitamin.

Folic acid helps the baby develop a healthy spine. This is a good first step toward a healthy pregnancy.

Craig L. Bissinger M.D.