FOLIC ACID

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Folic acid is a B vi­ta­min which is known to help the proper de­vel­op­ment of your baby’s neu­ral tube (brain and spinal cord) very early in preg­nancy. It also helps make red blood cells. It’s su­per im­por­tant that you take a folic acid sup­ple­ment be­fore you are even preg­nant. If you are al­ready preg­nant, don’t de­spair, you’ve prob­a­bly al­ready ingested some folic acid – bread, ce­real and mielie meal is for­ti­fied with folic acid in South Africa (be­cause it is so ef­fec­tive at pre­vent­ing some kinds of neu­ral tube de­fects). Other foods with lots of folic acid in­clude many green veg­eta­bles such as spinach, as­para­gus, broc­coli, av­o­cado, peas and Brus­sels sprouts, and lentils, beans, bananas and cit­rus fruits. If you are tak­ing a preg­nancy or pre-preg­nancy mul­ti­vi­ta­min, check that it con­tains 400mcg (mi­cro­grams) of folic acid, or you can buy a sep­a­rate folic acid sup­ple­ment.

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