To reduce your risk of having a baby with a neural tube defect (like spina bifida or anencephaly), it’s important to take a prenatal vitamin—especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. Prenatal vitamins are available over-the-counter or as a prescription from your provider.
Prenatal vitamins should contain the following:
- Iron – 30 mg
- Calcium – at least 250 mg
- Folate – at least 0.6 mg
- DHEA or fish oil