A friend told me that increasing my consumption of folic acid during my pregnancy would aid my baby in its early development. Is this true?

Alexander Kofinas M.D.

Folic acid is considered a significant component for the early formation of the fetal nervous system. Lack of folic acid may increase the risk of open neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly. Because spina bifida and related defects develop 2-3 weeks after conception, al women of childbearing age should consume sufficient folic acid through supplementation (equivalent to 400 mcg). During pregnancy it is recommended that one consume 800-1000 mcg daily.