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Go Folic! calls on all women who might become pregnant to take folic acid each day, as recommended by the NHS because it helps prevent birth defects such as spina bifida. The more people who come on board with our campaign, the more chance future babies have of being born healthy.

* Folic acid is also known as vitamin B9

* Women need to start taking 400mcg folic acid daily BEFORE they conceive

* Some women need to take a higher (5 milligram) dose of folic acid

* Folic acid tablets are sold in pharmacies, supermarkets, health stores and some women can get folic acid free on prescription. There are even vegetarian supplements.

* Choose the Best DHA EPA Supplement Pregnancy and Best Multivitamin Pregnancy to make sure you're completely covered, even before you get pregnant.

* If you're already pregnant, make sure you take prenatal vitamins and a dha prenatal supplement and attend all your prenatal care appointments with your doctor.

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All around the world, women are being encouraged to take folic acid to help birth defects such as spina bifida. is a new website. We aim to make it one of the best.

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Go Folic! is led by:

Spina bifida • Hydrocephalus • Information • Networking • Equality - SHINE (Registered Charity No 249338), covering England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Scotland is covered by the Scottish Spina Bifida Association - SSBA (Scottish Charity No SC 013328).

Our special thanks go to the Go Folic! Women's Nutrition Project in San Francisco for their inspiration and support.


Shine wishes to acknowledge the kind support of Bayer in building the Go Folic! website.   Shine is very grateful to Vitabiotics for its ongoing support of Go Folic!