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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.
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

Maternal folic acid intake round conception may reduce children's pesticide-related autism risk

Maternal folic acid intake round conception may reduce children's pesticide-related autism risk

UCLA professor offers 10 tips for college students to ensure good gynecologic health

UCLA professor offers 10 tips for college students to ensure good gynecologic health

Novel nanolaser can serve as super-bright probe to detect and kill metastasized cancer cells

Novel nanolaser can serve as super-bright probe to detect and kill metastasized cancer cells

These preventive measures might help delay dementia or cognitive decline

These preventive measures might help delay dementia or cognitive decline

Research identifies main factors that influence low birth weight in Nepal

Research identifies main factors that influence low birth weight in Nepal

UAMS scientists show potential of world's smallest laser to kill single cancer cells

UAMS scientists show potential of world's smallest laser to kill single cancer cells

New study establishes link between prenatal stress and onset of eating disorders

New study establishes link between prenatal stress and onset of eating disorders

Improper methylation of cilia protein linked to increased risk of neural tube defects

Improper methylation of cilia protein linked to increased risk of neural tube defects

Researchers pinpoint gene that plays crucial role in formation of neural tube defects

Researchers pinpoint gene that plays crucial role in formation of neural tube defects

Spermidine supplement may prolong lifespan, prevent liver fibrosis and cancer

Spermidine supplement may prolong lifespan, prevent liver fibrosis and cancer

New study finds link between neural tube defects in infants and neurodegenerative diseases

New study finds link between neural tube defects in infants and neurodegenerative diseases

Paternal diet affects cognitive skills of offspring, mice study shows

Paternal diet affects cognitive skills of offspring, mice study shows