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Eat Healthy During Pregnancy: Quick Tips

A healthy diet can help you have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.

Review Date: April 18, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Get Enough Folic Acid

Folic acid can prevent birth defects of the baby’s brain or spine if a woman takes it before and during pregnancy.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

FAQs: Folic Acid

Find out what folic acid is, why women should take it, how they can obtain it, and how much they should take before and during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

Office on Women's Health

Folic Acid: Questions and Answers

The purpose of these questions and answers is to educate women of childbearing age on the importance of consuming 400 micrograms of folic acid every day.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Cereals That Contain 100 Percent of the Daily Value (DV) of Folic Acid

A single serving of many breakfast cereals has the amount of folic acid that a woman needs each day.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet: Folate

Learn about dietary sources of folate, a water-soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food and helps produce and maintain cells. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate that is found in supplements and added to fortified foods.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements - ODS

Folic Acid

Folic acid is a B vitamin. Our bodies use it to make new cells. Folic acid can also help prevent some major birth defects. Learn why everyone needs folic acid.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC

Prenatal Care: Helping You Have a Healthy Baby- (PDF)

Information about the importance of regular prenatal care is provided in English and Spanish, including what to expect during prenatal visits, prenatal tests and exams, tips to help prevent and relieve common pregnancy discomforts, complications, and what to consider after birth.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

National Alliance for Hispanic Health

Spina Bifida

This fact sheet defines spina bifida, an incomplete closure of the spinal column. Three types of spina bifida, symptoms, characteristics, and successful integration of a child with spina bifida into school is discussed.

Review Date: December 24, 2012

National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities

Spina Bifida Fact Sheet

Spina bifida is the most common neural tube defect in the United States. Find information on the four types of spina bifida, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of this disorder.

Review Date: December 24, 2012

NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke - NINDS

Test Your Folic Acid IQ

Take this short quiz to test your knowledge and learn more about folic acid.

Review Date: January 29, 2013

National Council on Folic Acid

What Foods Provide Folate?

Folate helps produce and maintain new cells which is especially important during infancy and pregnancy. Check out the list of foods with this important nutrient.

Review Date: January 31, 2012

NIH Office of Dietary Supplements - ODS