Folic acid is sometimes called folate and is a B vitamin. Taking folic acid BEFORE you become pregnant is vital. Women that are trying to conceive are often advised to start taking pre-natal vitamins—and those vitamins usually contain folic acids.
Without enough folic acid in the body, a baby's neural tube may not close correctly and the baby could develop birth defects. Since birth defects occur within the first 3-4 weeks of pregnancy, it's important to have folic acid in your system during those early stages when the baby's brain and spinal cord are developing.
Ten great sources of Folic Acid are:
1. Dark leafy greens
2. Beans, lentils
4. Citrus fruits
6. Seeds & Nuts