Do I Really Need to Be on a Prenatal?



Gone are the days that prenatal vitamins only seemed appropriate for people with childbearing abilities who were actively trying to conceive. The reality is that, if you are of childbearing age, with childbearing potential, regardless of who you are, being on a folic acid supplement may be in your best interest. If you have made the decision that under no circumstances you will ever have a child, then you may choose not to take a prenatal vitamin.


Folic acid prevents neural tube defects in sweet little fetuses, and the scary part is that in order to prevent neural tube defects (for example, spina bifida), the folate levels need to be high enough basically AT conception to reap the benefits. Those of childbearing age/ability should consider taking 400mcg (0.4mg) at least daily of folic acid. If you have any questions about this supplement, good resources are your primary care provider, gynecologist, or pharmacist. Supplements are not all created equal, and prior to starting any type of supplement, you should consult someone familiar with your unique health story.

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