It is best to increase your storage even before you get pregnant.
Let’s do small maths
Most women need 400-600mcg/0.4/0.6mg of Folic acid daily before & during pregnancy.
5mg of folic acid is HIGH DOSE
High Dose is used in;
- Women that have had a child that had Neural Tube Defect(NTD)/ other abnormalities
- Baby’s father has/ has family history of NTD
- Women with seizure disorders on medications
- Women on antifolate medications
- Obese women
- Women with Diabetes
- Women who smoke
Folic acid is beneficial through out pregnancy (not only before pregnancy/ in first trimester)
In first trimester, it prevents abnormalities.
In addition, it helps you build your blood up which prevent anaemia.
Using Folic acid is a win win.
Can men use it?
Yes, it is beneficial to men.
For fathers in waiting, it can also improve sperm quality.
Its usually one tablet
Some come as 400mcg a day
Some 5mg a day
Just one tablet a day
From an amazing mum that gave me permission to share.
Neural Tube Defects can be prevented.
Check out the comment;
“Please mothers, take your folic acid, I have a baby thank God she is alive and gradually getting healthy, but I am paying for not taking my folic acid or ante natal drugs.”
Thanks to @NaijaObgyn