How much folic acid should you take?


Read the descriptions below to see how much folic acid you should take. Check off the one that applies to you.

 

You are able to get pregnant. Take 400 mcg of folic acid every day.

 

You are pregnant. Take 600mcg of folic acid every day.

 

You are breastfeeding. Take 500mcg of folic acid every day.

 

You had a baby with spina bifida or anencephaly and want to get pregnant again. Talk with your doctor, and ask for a prescription for a higher dose of folic acid. You should take 4,000 micrograms (4,000 mcg) starting at least one to three months before getting pregnant and during the first 3 months of pregnancy. That’s 10 times the normal amount! But don’t try to get the larger amount by taking more than one multivitamin or prenatal vitamin a day. You could get too much of another vitamin that could harm you or your baby.  Talk to your doctor about the right amount of folic acid

if you have this kind of history.

 

You had a baby with spina bifida or anencephaly. You are not planning to have another baby. Take 400 mcg of folic acid every day.

 

 You can find out more about folic acid by contacting the National Women's Health Information Center (NWHIC) at 800-994-WOMAN (9662) or the following organizations: