is folic acid?
always hear about the benefits of folic acid during pregnancy,
and the importance of taking your prenatal vitamin with folic
acid. But for many women, this is the first time they have
even heard of folic acid, much less taken a supplement for
Folic acid is a
member of the B-vitamin family. It occurs naturally in foods
as folates, and is available in synthetic form in vitamin
Foods that are
high in folates (and thus high in folic acid) include orange
juice, green leafy vegetables, and beans. Some foods are also
fortified with the synthetic version of folic acid, such as
fortified breakfast cereals, enriched grain products, and
vitamins, including your prenatal vitamins.
Even by eating
natural and fortified foods, you will not consume enough folic
acid needed during pregnancy, which is why you will need to
supplement with your daily prenatal vitamin.
Also read Why
folic acid is vital during pregnancy