A 25-year-old woman presents for preconception counseling

A 25-year-old woman presents for preconception counseling. She wants to know more about nutrition, particularly about folic acid. She has read a lot about it in magazines. You can tell her that:

A. Folic acid supplementation is associated with an increased level of alpha-fetoprotein in maternal serum.

B. She needs to take either a prenatal vitamin or a supplement that provides at least 4 mg (4,000 µg) of folic acid.

C. She needs to start folic acid supplementation as soon as her pregnancy test is positive.

D. Most women get enough folic acid through their diet.

E. Folic acid requirements are higher in women with type 1 diabetes mellitus.


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