Folate vs. Folic Acid: Which one is best in pregnancy?

There is no argument that folate (sometimes - mistakenly - referred to as folic acid) is important for the health of a developing baby.

In early pregnancy (for the first 28 days) the fetus is rapidly dividing cells that form the neural tube. The neural tube becomes the baby’s brain and spinal cord. If there is not enough folate in the mother’s system before pregnancy and in early pregnancy, it can result in problems with the way the neural tube grows or what’s called a neural tube defect.

Sources of folate


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