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The Importance of Folic Acid if You Are Trying to Get Pregnant

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Written in Partnership with Prenate, May 6, 2015

Trying to conceive? It’s important that you get your body ready for baby. Your doctor will want to review your health history and any current and past medical conditions. You will want to embrace lifestyle factors that can boost your fertility. That includes cutting out smoking and drinking, taking a good look at diet and weight and determining whether medications need to be stopped or altered. It’s also time to start taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) the recommended folic acid intake is 400 to 800 micrograms daily1. While certain foods contain folic acid – fortified foods, leafy greens, broccoli and lentils – only a supplement can ensure you’re getting proper amounts.

Folic acid before and during early pregnancy can help prevent serious birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine, such as anencephaly and spina bifida.

The Prenate® brand of prenatal vitamins include the recommended amount of daily folic acid. There are several formulations:

  • Prenate Pixie®: 11 concentrated nutrients and DHA
  • Prenate Elite®: Complete prenatal nutrition support and DHA
  • Prenate Enhance®: DHA, Formical (highly absorbable calcium), vitamin D and 1 mg of folate
  • Prenate Chewable®: Calcium, vitamin D and 1mg of folate in a Dutch chocolate flavored chewable
  • Prenate AM®: Helps manage morning sickness, nausea and vomiting, and includes vitamin B6, ginger and 1mg of folate
  • Prenate Star®: Kosher certified complete prenatal vitamin has more information on pre-conception health as well as coupons for patients to save on Prenate® prescription prenatal vitamins.


  1. CDC. Recommendations for the use of folic acid to reduce the number of cases of spina bifida and other neural tube defects. MMWR 1992;41(No. RR-14).

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


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