How much folic acid should you take if you're trying to get pregnant? My prenatal vitamin has 1000 mcg's (micrograms) but I have been reading conflicting things about how much you should take. Some sites say 400 mcg and some say 400 mg (milligrams). That is a HUGE difference as 1 mg = 1000 mcg so if it's 400 mg i should be taking 4000 mcg. Hope this makes sense.
For pregnancy I think 400mcg is recommended at the minimum. You actually end up getting more from your diet since all enriched bread products have folic acid in them. You can take a ton of folic acid with no negative side effects. My first RE said ladies who have had a child with spina bifida take 4mg or more will no bad effects. It is pretty safe. I think the 400mg was a typo though or mislabel???
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