Question: How much folic acid do you need during pregnancy?
Folic acid is a vital nutrient needed by pregnant women to help prevent spina bifida, anencephaly (a lack of brain development). According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, women should be consuming 400 to 800 mcg. This is especially important if you are thinking about becoming pregnant.
Once you do become pregnant you will still need 400 to 800 mcg of folic acid, especially in the early stages of your pregnancy. You should continue to take folic acid throughout your pregnancy and even when you are breastfeeding. Talk to your doctor about the amount of folic acid is right for you.