Each year in the U.S., 2,500 babies are born with neural
tube defects (NTDs). These include such conditions as spina bifida and
anencephaly, which can lead to paralysis or even early childhood death.
Fortunately, many of these birth defects can be avoided by simply remembering
to take a multivitamin every day. A daily dose of 400 micrograms (mcg)
of folic acid before pregnancy and 800 mcg during pregnancy is all it
So remember, take your folic acid every day. It's the one thing you can't
To learn more about the benefits of taking a daily folic acid supplement,
contact your health care provider or visit the informative web sites at the bottom of this page.