Folic Acid: The Healthy Baby Vitamin

    Once you’re pregnant, you should increase your folic acid intake to at least 600 micrograms of folic acid. Your prenatal vitamin should have the right amount of folic acid you’ll need during pregnancy.

    Most women should limit the amount of folic acid they take to 1,000 micrograms a day unless otherwise directed by a health provider. For example, women who have had a previous pregnancy affected by birth defects of the brain and spine and women with sickle cell disease should be sure to talk with their health providers about the need for more folic acid.

    Folic acid in foods

    Folic acid is found in the following foods:

    • Fortified breakfast cereals (look on the label to see if the cereal has been fortified with folic acid)
    • Lentils
    • Asparagus
    • Spinach
    • Black beans
    • Peanuts (only if you do not have a peanut allergy)
    • Orange juice (from concentrate is best)
    • Enriched breads and pasta
    • Romaine lettuce
    • Broccoli

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