College of DuPage Nursing Student Laila Haque shared with Healthy Lombard that Folic Acid, or vitamin B9, is an important vitamin for those who are planning to become pregnant, currently pregnant, or breastfeeding. Folic acid helps in the early fetal development of the neural tube. It has been studied and proven to prevent fatal birth defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly, both these diseases come with a shortened lifespan.
When to Start Taking Folic Acid
The Centers for Disease Control (2020) recommends that all women of reproductive age take 400 mcg of folic acid each day, regardless of pregnancy status. This recommendation is increased to 4,000mcg once a woman is planning to become pregnant and throughout their first trimester of pregnancy.
Foods High in Folic Acid
Vitamin supplements are a great way to ensure you reach your daily goal for folic acid intake, you may also consume foods such as edamame, lentils, asparagus, spinach, broccoli, avocado, mangos, and lettuce. Read more