Folic Acid is found in dark green leafy veggies and several other foods but it is still recommended for women of childbearing age (i.e. those over about 15 years) to take a Folic Acid supplement anyway. As well as many body processes in your body, Folic Acid is used by the body in very early pregnancy to aid in the development of the new baby – most of the time, this development happens before you even know you are pregnant.
So, the recommendation is that all women of childbearing age, specifically those who could become pregnant, to supplement at least 400 mcg of Folic Acid per day. For women who are already pregnant or who are trying to get pregnant, the recommendation is 800 mcg of Folic Acid per day.
Inadequate Folic Acid in pregnancy can lead to neural tube defects (Spina Bifida) and Cleft Palate – To help avoid these major complications, take your Folic Acid!