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Taking Folic Acid during pregnancy.

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• Folic acid is a vitamin that pregnant women are advised to take ideally before they are pregnant or as soon as they find out. In early stages of pregnancy, it is crucial that women take folic acid as it is used by the developing baby. It can be taken as a vitamin supplement, but can also be found in foods such as spinach, sprouts, broccoli, and potatoes. If folic acid is taken in early pregnancy, the risk of having a baby born with problems such as spina bifida or a spinal cord problem is reduced. It can also reduce the risk of having a premature labour. For most women the recommended does is 400 micrograms (0.4 mg) a day, and you should continue to take the supplement in the first 12 weeks of your pregnancy. A balanced diet that is rich in foods containing folic acid is also advised through out the pregnancy.

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