Folic Acid for pregnant women

Several months into my pregnancy with twins, doctors as well as educational reading material, constantly addressed the importance of folic acid to prevent neural tube birth defects, such as spinal bifida. Especially in the matter of having twins, as they run an even higher risk of having neural tube birth defects, I realized the severity and importance of having folic acid in one’s diet.

I also learned how important it is to already be eating a healthy diet consisting of vitamins and minerals like folic acid several months before even getting pregnant. I had actually started taking prenatal vitamins and eating a diet high in folic acid nearly 3 months before I found out I was pregnant. This made me feel more at ease when being pregnant, especially during the first trimester when my appetite was lower due to morning sickness. I knew my body was already well prepared and packed with needed supplements for a baby and even more so since it was twins.

Don’t rely solely on vitamins. Your body can absorb up to 70-80% more of the needed vitamins via vegetables and fruits compared to 10-20% by taking vitamins. Some of our favorite vegetables high in folic acid for pre-pregnancy and pregnant mothers to supplement into their diet
Asparagus
Spinach
Kale 

You might also like these posts: “Morning Sickness”, Spinach Chicken Enchiladas Recipe”, “Baked Kale Chip recipe” or “Super Easy & Fast Veggie Recipe

 

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