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Is Folic Acid Good for Women Who Are Trying to Get Pregnant?

Folic acid can decrease the risk of birth defects in a baby, specifically reducing the risk of cleft lip and palate and spina bifida if taken two to three months before conception and during the first few months of pregnancy, says Dr. Yvonne Bohn, Los Angeles-based OB-GYN and medical consultant for E.P.T. Family Planning Solutions. “The most important time to have the folic acid in the body is preconception, because the majority of fetal organ synthesis occurs before the woman may even know she is pregnant,” says Bohn. She adds that folic acid continues to help with fetal development after conception.

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