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Folic acid is a B vitamin. It helps the body make healthy new cells. Everyone needs folic acid. For women who may get pregnant, it is really important. When a woman has enough folic acid in her body before and during pregnancy, it can prevent major birth defects of her baby's brain or spine.

Foods with folic acid in them include leafy green vegetables, fruits, dried beans, peas and nuts. Enriched breads, cereals and other grain products also contain folic acid. If you don't get enough folic acid from the foods you eat, you can also take it as a dietary supplement.
Study finds fewer than 5% of low-income, urban mothers use prenatal vitamins before pregnancy

Study finds fewer than 5% of low-income, urban mothers use prenatal vitamins before pregnancy

New study reveals the extent of brain damage due to elevated homocysteine

New study reveals the extent of brain damage due to elevated homocysteine

Older Americans are hooked on vitamins despite scarce evidence they work

Older Americans are hooked on vitamins despite scarce evidence they work

Steps to take for boosting immune system and maintaining a healthy body

Steps to take for boosting immune system and maintaining a healthy body

Study reveals how carbohydrate-restricted diet improves metabolism

Study reveals how carbohydrate-restricted diet improves metabolism

American Heart Association certifies select peanuts with Heart-Check mark

American Heart Association certifies select peanuts with Heart-Check mark

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy could result in birth of obese children

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy could result in birth of obese children

No-carb diet for pregnant woman could harm fetus, study finds

No-carb diet for pregnant woman could harm fetus, study finds

Low carbohydrate intake linked to increased risk of having babies with neural tube defects

Low carbohydrate intake linked to increased risk of having babies with neural tube defects

Women do not receive timely diagnosis for heart disease

Women do not receive timely diagnosis for heart disease

CHOP researchers explore effective nutritional therapies for mitochondrial disease

CHOP researchers explore effective nutritional therapies for mitochondrial disease

Adequate intake of choline during pregnancy could provide cognitive benefits for offspring

Adequate intake of choline during pregnancy could provide cognitive benefits for offspring

Using vitamin supplements before and during pregnancy may be linked to lower risk for ASD in children

Using vitamin supplements before and during pregnancy may be linked to lower risk for ASD in children

Folic acid supplementation during late pregnancy may increase risk of allergies in offspring

Folic acid supplementation during late pregnancy may increase risk of allergies in offspring

Nutritionist highlights importance of vitamin D for pregnant women and new mums

Nutritionist highlights importance of vitamin D for pregnant women and new mums

Fever in first trimester of pregnancy increases risk for birth defects, study shows

Fever in first trimester of pregnancy increases risk for birth defects, study shows

Duke researchers unravel how fever in early pregnancy increases risk for heart, facial birth defects

Duke researchers unravel how fever in early pregnancy increases risk for heart, facial birth defects

Multivitamin use during pregnancy could protect children from autism with intellectual disabilities

Multivitamin use during pregnancy could protect children from autism with intellectual disabilities

Employer-sponsored health plans spend $6 billion extra on preterm infants, study shows

Employer-sponsored health plans spend $6 billion extra on preterm infants, study shows

Study finds potential preventive for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy

Study finds potential preventive for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy