Welcome to ParentWeb! Learn more

The Scoop On Folic Acid
All people need folic acid to survive, since it’s essential for healthy cell division in our bodies. However, scientists have found that folic acid prevents neural tube defects (NTDs) such as spina bifida and anencephaly. There’s also some evidence that certain heart defects and cleft palate can be deterred by taking at least 400 mcg of folic acid per day. In fact, the CDC estimates that folic acid can reduce the risk of spina bifida by 70%!

What is Folic Acid?

Folic Acid is a B vitamin needed for the body to make new cells. The first few weeks of a baby’s development from zygote to fetus depends on rapid cell division. A lack of folic acid during this time can result in NTDs, or defects of the spine and brain. The CDC recommends that women begin taking higher levels of folic acid before they get pregnant, if possible. The recommended level is 400 mcg per day.

Sources of Folic Acid

Because it’s such an important vitamin, it’s becoming easier and easier to find folic acid both in vitamins and foods. Folic Acid is found in most multi-vitamins or pre-natal vitamins and is added to some breads and cereals. Check the food label for the percentage of folic acid that’s been added. Make sure you get a 100% daily value (DV) either from one source or a combination of sources.

General Introduction to Pregnancy
Your Changing Body + Pregnancy
Your Baby’s Development
Potential Pregnancy Complications
Labor and Delivery
View all 
General Introduction to Parenting
Child Nutrition
Childcare and Education
Sleep in the Early Years
Baby Milestones
View all 


Expecting a baby or new to parenting? We're here to help!
Join our community and find support, get answers to questions and make friends from all over the world!


Want to stay informed on news from ParentWeb?

Get useful advice, information, and practical parenting tips from ParentWeb in your email inbox every week!


Follow your baby's growth, right from your desktop!
Our Baby Tracker lets you learn more about what's happening each week - from pregnancy to


Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player


Track your baby's progress -
the quick, fun and easy way!
Get your FREE ParentWeb Baby ticker!

About Us       |       Contact Us       |       Forum       |       Affiliates       |       Site Map       |       Terms of Use       |       Privacy Policy
 Copyright © 2010 ParentWeb Inc. All rights reserved.