All women who might become pregnant are advised to take folic acid each day, as recommended by the NHS because it helps reduce the risk of serious birth defects of the brain and spine, called Neural Tube Defects, like spina bifida and anencephaly.
- Folic acid is also known as vitamin B9
- Women need to start taking 400mcg folic acid daily BEFORE they conceive
- Some women need to take a higher (5 milligram) dose of folic acid
- Folic acid tablets are sold in pharmacies, supermarkets, health stores and some women can get folic acid free on prescription