Folic acid is a B vitamin found in green leafy vegetables like cabbage and broccoli.
A deficiency of folic acid in pregnant women has been linked to an increased risk of spina bifida in unborn children. When trying to conceive, it is recommended that a daily intake of at least 400 micrograms of folic acid should be taken, prior to conception and up to at least the 12th week of pregnancy.
In addition to green vegetables some breakfast cereals and breads contain folic acid and supplements are readily available from all chemists, to help ensure beneficial levels of this vitamin are maintained.
Additional Medical Conditions: