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Folate = Folic Acid = Vitamin B9

Thinking about getting pregnant? It's important to try to optimise your health before you start trying to conceive (ideally from 3 months beforehand). One thing to think about is ensuring you have enough folate in your diet. Folate helps in the development of your baby's brain, spinal cord and spine. It reduces the risks of neural tube defects and spina bifida.

Women are recommended to have at least 0.5mg of folate daily for at least 1 month before getting pregnant, and during the first 3 months of pregnancy. Some women will require high-dose folate (5mg) if they are known to have an increased risk of neural tube defects.

Folate can be found in green leafy vegetables, beans, peanuts, whole grains, eggs, seafood and fresh fruit, as well as pregnancy multivitamins and supplements. Consider reading this pamphlet for more information about how you can best prepare yourself for a healthy baby and healthy pregnancy:

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