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Folate: Prevents Birth Defects

Key Nutrients for the Mom-to-Be

Reduce your risk

Research shows that folic acid can reduce your baby's risk of serious brain and spinal cord defects, known as neural tube defects. If you have previously given birth to a child with a neural tube defect, discuss your folic acid needs with your physician before getting pregnant. Studies have shown that taking a larger daily dose (up to 4,000 micrograms) at least one month before and during the first trimester of pregnancy may reduce your risk of having another baby with neural tube defects.

This article was reviewed by Tanya Jolliffe, a healthy eating expert.

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