PREGNANT? See why You Need Folic Acid.

Jan 26, 2018,

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Why you Need Folic Acid

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Folic acid is a pregnancy superhero! Taking folic acid before and during pregnancy can help prevent birth defects of your baby's brain and spinal cord. Take it every day and go ahead and have a bowl of fortified cereal, too.

How Much Folic Acid you Need

To reduce your baby's risk of developing a neural tube defect, experts recommend that you take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid a day, beginning at least a month before you start trying to get pregnant.

What Are the Benefits of Folic Acid?

Without enough folic acid in your body, your baby's neural tube may not close correctly and she could develop health problems called neural tube defects. These include:

  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Miscarriage
  • Poor growth in the womb

Folic acid has also been suggested to reduce your risk of:

  • Pregnancy complications (One report found that women who took folic acid supplements during the second trimester had a reduced risk of preeclampsia.)
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Some types of cancers


Food Sources of Folic Acid

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Foods that are naturally rich in folate are not a good source either. Oddly enough, research shows that the body absorbs folic acid from supplements much better than the folate that occurs naturally in certain foods. What's more, folate can be lost from foods during storage or destroyed by cooking.

So if you eat foods rich in folate, consider them a complement to your supplement. Good sources include:

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  • lentils
  • dried beans, peas, and nuts
  • avocado
  • dark green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, collard or turnip greens, okra, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus
  • citrus fruit and juice

Signs of a Folic Acid Deficiency


The signs of folic acid deficiency can be subtle. You may have diarrhea, anemia, loss of appetite, and weight loss, as well as weakness, a sore tongue, headaches, heart palpitations, and irritability.

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