Women and Folic Acid Women and Folic Acid
Center For Disease Control
The B vitamin folic acid helps prevent birth defects. If a women has enough folic acid in her body before and while she take folic acid every day, starting before she is pregnant, for it to work to prevent birth defects.
Birth defects of a baby’s brain or spine happen in the first few weeks of pregnancy, often before a woman knows that she is pregnant. That is why it is important for a women to get enough folic acid each day, starting before she is pregnant.
A women’s body uses folic acid to make healthy new cells for her baby. Scientist are not sure how folic acid works to prevent birth defects, but they do know that it is needed for making the cells that will form a baby’s brain, spine, organs, skin and bones.
Every women needs folic acid for the healthy new cells her body makes every day….even if she is not planning to get pregnant.
For more information and questions you might have, please consult your physician