Why should pregnant women take folic acid?

Most health professionals agree that taking a prenatal multivitamin and mineral formula, of which folate is a constituent, is a wise move, given the low risk and high benefit. A folate insufficiency during pregnancy is associated with anemia, low birth weight and premature infants and neural tube defects.

Folic acid is necessary during pregnancy. It helps with the formation of the spinal cord. There is folic acid in prenatal vitamins, but in some cases, an OB will want you to increase your intake. It is important to be followed by an OB from the beginning of your pregnancy.

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