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Why Folic Acid Is Important in Pregnancy

What You Need to Know

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If you're pregnant, your mind is probably filled with exciting thoughts (did someone say 'babymoon'?) as well as concerns about optimum health for you and your baby. You've probably heard about the importance of folic acid. But what is it, and why does it matter so much to women who are expecting?

Folic acid and pregnancy go hand-in-hand for healthy babies. An important B vitamin, it helps the body produce new red blood cells and proteins. Supplementing intake can help women protect their baby against neural tube defects along the spine.

Getting enough of this special B vitamin can also help prevent spina bifida, a congenital disorder that occurs when a baby's back vertebrae don't properly fuse.

What Is Folic Acid?

Now you know why consuming your folates is so important in pregnancy. Why not start out giving your child the nutrition she needs early, and create a healthy life long habit? Learn more about folic acid, which foods contain folates, and the risks of not getting enough of this B vitamin when you're expecting.

 
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