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The Importance of Folic Acid When Trying to Conceive

Written in Partnership with Prenate, May 6, 2015

Women who consume adequate amounts of folic acid before and during the early stages of pregnancy can help protect their babies from serious birth defects. Folic acid (folate, or Vitamin B9) is found in leafy greens, lentils, broccoli, and fortified foods. However, most women don’t eat enough of the foods that contain folic acid to get the CDC’s daily-recommendation of 400 to 800 micrograms.

That’s why all women of childbearing age are encouraged to take a prenatal vitamin with folic acid, which can help reduce the risk for birth defects involving the development of the baby’s brain and spinal cord. The fact that these birth defects occur in the first month of pregnancy – often before a woman even knows she is pregnant – underscores the need for sufficient amounts before you conceive.

Additionally, every cell in your body requires folic acid for normal growth and development. It also plays an important role in tissue formation and is necessary for the formation of DNA, which our bodies need for the rapid cell growth that occurs early in pregnancy when the baby’s organs are forming.

Prenate® prenatal vitamins with folic acid were developed to keep both baby and mother healthy:

  • Prenate Pixie®: 11 concentrated nutrients and DHA in a softgel
  • Prenate Elite®: Complete prenatal nutrition support and DHA in a softgel
  • Prenate Enhance®: Includes DHA, Formical (highly absorbable calcium), vitamin D and 1 mg of folate
  • Prenate Chewable®: Dutch chocolate flavored chewable with high levels of calcium, vitamin D and 1mg of folate
  • 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

Each vitamin in the Prenate line includes an active form of folate that is effective, even in women who have difficultly breaking down folic acid normally.

Visit for information about Prenate®, articles and resources on pregnancy, pre- and post-natal care, and coupons for Prenate®’s prenatal vitamins.

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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