Folic Acid for Pregnancy

Folic Acid for Pregnancy - Pregnancy Tips - Box for Two

What is Folate? 

Folate is a B group vitamin that is known to prevent neural tube defects and is important for the development of nervous systems in babies. 

For women who are planning a pregnancy, it is recommended to consume folic acid months before pregnancy. 

How to increase folate in the body?

By taking a folic acid tablet containing 0.5 milligrams (mg) of folic acid every day. You can get folic acid tablets from your local chemist or pharmacy. There is no need for a prescription, you can buy them off the shelves. Best to ask your doctor to see how much folate you need as every women require different doses. The key is to consume folic acid in moderation but at an optimal level to ensure your baby is developing at optimal form. 

The Natural Way

If you are more of the herbal and organic route, you can also monitor your diets to increase folate consumption. It is however not as effective as popping a folic acid tablet, but here is a list of foods that has the most folate: 

  • Beef or any forms of red meat
  • Spinach
  • Cooked Lentils
  • Brocolli 
  • Beans
  • Asparagus 
  • Milk with rich in folic acid
  • Orange Juice - helps with the absorption of iron
  • Cooked Eggs - NOT raw
  • Folate Fortified Foods - cereals / muesli bars / oats

For more info: Food Standards ANZ