A lot of women ask when they should start taking prenatal vitamins. Our answer? Immediately.
If you’re a woman of child bearing age, it’s especially important that you get enough folic acid. Folic acid is required for proper development of the neural tube of a baby in the first few weeks after conception. That means that your baby may suffer from the effects of folic acid deficiency before you even know you’re pregnant.
Neural tube defects may be mild, like in the case of spina bifida occulta, or may be fatal, as is often the case with anencephaly.
400 mcg a day of folic acid is usually considered minimally sufficient for pregnancy. TriCare Prenatal DHA ONE contains 1 mg, or 1000 mcg, of folic acid per softgel.
According to the FDA, 2500 children are born with neural tube defects each year in the US. Read more at fda.gov