Folic Acid Vegetarian Tablets
Folic acid (folate) is a vitamin and is needed to make new cells in the body. The body does not store very much folic acid. You need a regular fresh supply to keep healthy. Pregnant women in particular need a good supply of folic acid which is used by the developing baby.
Many foods contain folic acid including vegetables such as spinach, sprouts, broccoli, green beans, and potatoes. Some bread and breakfast cereals are fortified with folic acid.
Folic acid supplements and pregnancy
You should start taking folic acid tablets before becoming pregnant (from the time you plan to become pregnant). If the pregnancy is unplanned then start taking folic acid tablets as soon as you know that you are pregnant. Continue to take folic acid tablets for the first 12 weeks of pregnancy - even if you eat a good diet. You can buy folic acid tablets from pharmacies.
If you take
folic acid tablets in early pregnancy you reduce the risk of having a
baby born with a spinal cord problem such as spina bifida. This is because
the early development of the baby's spinal cord requires a regular good
supply of folic acid.
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