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(HealthDay News) -- Folic acid is a type of B vitamin that's found naturally in foods including leafy vegetables and citrus fruits.
Here's advice from the Nemours Foundation:
- Women need 400 micrograms of folic acid daily during preconception and during pregnancy to help reduce the risk of neural tube defects (defects of the brain and spine).
- If you don't get enough folic acid in the foods you eat, take a folic acid supplement on the advice of your doctor.
- Getting enough folic acid is especially important for women who have already had a child born with a neural tube defect.
-- Diana Kohnle
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