Folic acid is incredibly important to your baby’s development. It protects against neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, which are birth defects affecting the brain and spinal cord.
Any woman who is actively trying to get pregnant—or has any chance of getting pregnant—should be taking at least 400mcg a day, and should increase the dosage to 600mcg daily once she has conceived.
Most prenatal vitamins will deliver the recommended amounts, but you can also get folic acid from lentils, dried beans and peas, nuts, citrus fruits, and vegetables like broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts, and asparagus.
This series of information comes from Dr. Dania Rumbak and Baby Doctor. Dr. Dania Rumbak, co-founder of Baby Doctor, is a fully licensed Pediatrician, board-certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care, and serves as an Assistant Professor at Columbia University Children's Hospital. She is also a mohel, and in her nine years of experience has performed more than 2,000 circumcisions. Baby Doctor offers parents pediatric services on demand. We bring the following services right to your home: Pediatric Urgent Care, Lactation, and Circumcision. Learn more at: www.babydoctor.com