It’s a well known fact that getting your daily intake of folic acid can be a big booster for your fertility. It also prepares your body for baby’s development and substantially decreases the risk of a variety of different birth defects. Supplementation before conception, and in the first few weeks of pregnancy, significantly and substantially lower the risk of several different birth defects, including neural tube defects (NTDs). The neural tube is the embryonic precursor to the brain and spinal column. NTDs include very serious birth defects like anencephaly (birth without part of the brain) and spina bifida.
You can get your folic acid in its natural state (known as folate) through green leafy vegetables like spinach, fortified grains, avocados, citrus fruits, and asparagus, but folic acid supplements are a simple option to ensure you’re getting all you need (usually 400-600 mcg a day). Your health insurance plan most likely covers folic acid supplements for pregnant women! Simply call them or visit their website to learn how to get your supplements.