Folic Acid

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Could taking folic acid in the first month of pregnancy help prevent autism? A new study suggests it may be helpful. Find out more in Hot Topics.

Folic acid, sometimes called folate, is a B vitamin (B9) found mostly in leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach, orange juice, and enriched grains. Repeated studies have shown that women who get 400 micrograms (0.4 milligrams) daily prior to conception and during early pregnancy reduce the risk that their baby will be born with a serious neural tube defect by up to 70%.