Clinical Preventive Service Recommendation
Neural Tube Defects
Neural tube defects, Prevention, Folic Acid Supplementation, Women
Grade: A recommendation
The AAFP recommends that all women planning or capable of pregnancy take a daily supplement containing 0.43 to 0.8 mg (400 to 800 µg) of folic acid. (2009)
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