Your patient was just informed that she is pregnant by the physician. The after visit summary states that the patient is to take folic acid supplements during pregnancy. She inquires about the reasoning for this. What is the most appropriate response?

 

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- "Folic acid supplments prevent neural tube defects in babies."

- "Increased folic acid will regulate your carbohydrate metabolism."

- "Folic acid normalizes progresterone levels and prevents nausea and vomiting."

- "Folic acid supplementation is crutial in prevention of hyperbilirubinemia."

Rationale

Folic acid supplementation prevents neural tube defects. All other options are nonsense.

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