Healthy Eating During Pregnancy
IMPORTANT TIP: Folic Acid
When trying to get pregnant, or when you are pregnant, your body needs extra vitamins and minerals. Critical fetal development occurs in the very early weeks of pregnancy when most women do not even know they are pregnant. Therefore, it's important that all women of childbearing age take a daily multivitamin with 400 micrograms of folic acid in it. Folic acid is a B vitamin that helps prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spine. Dietary sources of folic acid include whole grains, leafy green vegetables, citrus fruits, beans, and liver. Since it's difficult to get enough folic acid from your diet alone, it's best to take a multivitamin every day.
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