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Folic Acid For Baby and You

Being pregnant means taking good care of yourself and your unborn baby.  One way to do that is to make sure that you are getting enough folic acid. 

What is folic acid?

Folic acid is a B vitamin (B-9).  Every woman needs folic acid. Our bodies use it to make healthy new cells every day – our skin, hair and nails. It can help to prevent your baby’s brain and spinal cord from major birth defects. It is most helpful if you have already been taking folic acid for a month before your pregnancy.

What foods and vitamins contain folic acid?

  • Most multivitamins
  • Breakfast cereals that are labeled “fortified”
  • Rice and breads that are labeled “enriched”
  • Orange juice
  • Green vegetables, such as broccoli, spinach and asparagus Beans and lentils

When should I start taking folic acid?

You should take a folic acid supplement as soon as you know you are pregnant. If you are planning to get pregnant, start taking folic acid every day.

How can I get more information?

  • Talk to your doctor to learn more about the benefits of taking folic acid
  • Call our Baby Partners program at 1-866-500-4571