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Folic Acid and Pregnancy

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It's important to take folic acid to help prevent certain birth defects.

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What:
Folic Acid (Folate), 600 mcg

Why:
Folic acid is a B vitamin that can help prevent certain types of birth defects, particularly neural tube defects (NTD), like spina bifida and anencephaly.

Where to find it:
legumes, oranges, asparagus, broccoli

When you need a supplement:
It is recommended that you begin folic acid supplementation prior to contemplating pregnancy for the best protection against birth defects.

Other:
Folate is the name of the B vitamin, but most people recognize it by the term folic acid, which is the synthetic form. Many foods are fortified with folic acid.

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