You’ve probably heard that you need to take folic acid before and during your pregnancy, but did you ever ask yourself, Why? What is folic acid for in pregnancy? Why do I need to take this supplement?
Folic acid (called folate in its natural form) is a water soluble B-vitamin, and it plays a key role in the production of healthy new cells. All people – men and women – need folic acid in their diet, but this nutrient is very crucial for a woman before and after her pregnancy. Folic acid has been proven to reduce the risk of birth defects that affect the brain and spinal column.