Folic acid is a pregnancy rockstar ⭐️ that helps prevent birth defects of your baby’s 👶🏻 brain 🧠 + spinal cord. It’s a man-made form of the B vitamin, folate, which is crucial is producing red blood 🩸 cells and helping your baby’s neural tube develop into the brain 🧠 + spinal cord. Since birth defects occur within the first 3-4 weeks of pregnancy, you should have some folate in your system already, so get it going while you’re trying to conceive. A multivitamin 💊 with folic acid will do the trick pre-pregnancy. Once those double lines show up, bump your dosage to at least 400 mcg daily. Some doctors 👩🏼⚕️ 🥼 recommend between 600-800 mcg depending on genetic history, diet and other criteria. As always, check in with your healthcare provider on what’s best for you!