Folic Acid Pregnancy

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All women should take a multi-vitamin everyday. It’s the wise thing to do. But the most important nutrient you must get plenty of when you’re pregnant is folate, or folic acid. Folic acid pregnancy needs are 800 micrograms many milligrams a day.

Folic acid is a B vitamin that helps prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord when taken before the end of early pregnancy. Folic acid helps the body make healthy new cells. Folic acid pregnancy needs can be met by taking a prenatal multivitamin with folic acid or by eating foods high in folate.

Foods rich in Folic Acid include:

  • Orange Juice
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Spinach
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Black Beans
  • Lentils
  • Peanuts
  • Eggs
  • Papaya
  • Salmon

Meeting your folic acid pregnancy needs both before and during conception is important and can reduce neural tube defects from fifty to seventy percent.


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