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Pregnancy: Folic Acid

18 Jan

Folic Acid is very important in preventing neural tube defects in babies. I get asked a lot by pregnant women about good sources of folic acid. Here are a few:

  • Leafy green vegetables
  • Lentils
  • Beans
  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Broccoli
  • Rice
  • Papaya
  • Peas
  • Orange juice

Although these are good sources of folic acid I have to recommend taking a supplement as well. We really don’t want to risk it when it comes to brain and spine development.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommend 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid per day to all women of childbearing age. Make sure you are getting enough folic acid before getting pregnant and for at least 3 months into the pregnancy.