Taking folic acid both before and during pregnancy is important. This can prevent birth defects of the spine and brain (neural tube defects). A supplement may also be helpful if you drink alcohol often. You may want to use a folic acid supplement if any of the following is true for you:
☐ I am a woman of childbearing age.
☐ I am planning to get pregnant.
☐ I rarely eat green leafy vegetables, dried beans, or lentils.
☐ I rarely eat cereal and whole grains (wheat germ, brown rice, whole-wheat bread).
☐ I often have more than one drink of alcohol a day.