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.