The Benefits of Taking Folic Acid During Pregnancy

What is Folic Acid, Exactly?

We all know that eating the right foods during your pregnancy can help you and your baby stay healthy. But, what about before and after you get pregnant? Enter: folic acid. A type of B vitamin that’s crucial for your health—especially if you’re trying to get pregnant.

What Does Folic Acid Help Prevent?

Taking folic acid has become a best practice of women trying to become pregnant and expecting mothers for its connection to the reduction of major birth defects. These include problems with brain development and spinal cord development referred to as neural-tube defects.

How Much Folic Acid Should You Take?

​In an effort to reduce the prevalence of these birth defects the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that all women of reproductive age take 400 micrograms of folic acid each day, in addition to consuming food with folate from a varied diet.

Food Sources Where Natural Folate Can Be Found

Folate-rich foods are up there on our list of the healthiest foods anyways, so why not continue your healthy habits before and after pregnancy? And, even though your daily supplement is the best way to ensure that you are getting enough folic acid, these folate-friendly foods are still full of important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.

  • Citrus fruits (like oranges)

  • Leafy greens (like kale, swiss chard and spinach)

  • Chickpeas

  • Lima beans

  • Asparagus

  • Peas

  • Lentils

  • Avocados

  • Broccoli

  • Brussel Sprouts

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