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    hi....... this is my 5th month of pregnancy... my friend suggest me to eat foods which are high rich content of folic acid. she said folic acid intake during pregnancy is one of the healthy diet. is it good to contain folic rich foods from now. why should i need folic acid intake during pregnancy? How will I know whether I have a folic acid deficiency? also pls tel me folic acid rich foods.

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    Re: folic acid during pregnancy.

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    My hearty congrats for your pregnancy. Pl. check the below 2 links for your query.

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    Re: folic acid during pregnancy.

    Quote Originally Posted by madhavichandru View Post
    hi....... this is my 5th month of pregnancy... my friend suggest me to eat foods which are high rich content of folic acid. she said folic acid intake during pregnancy is one of the healthy diet. is it good to contain folic rich foods from now. why should i need folic acid intake during pregnancy? How will I know whether I have a folic acid deficiency? also pls tel me folic acid rich foods.
    Dear Madhavi,
    I remember taking folic acid for my two pregnancies and continued it till breast feeding. My gynec insisted to take folic acid regularly.

    Folic acid is a pregnancy superhero! Taking a prenatal vitamin with the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid during pregnancy can help prevent birth defects of your baby's brain and spinal cord. Take it every day and go ahead and have a bowl of fortified cereal, too.
    What Is Folic Acid?

    Folic acid, which is also called folate, is a B vitamin. The best food sources of folic acid are fortified cereals. Folic acid plays an important role in the production of red blood cells and helps your baby's neural tube develop into her brain and spinal cord.
    When Should I Start Taking Folic Acid?

    Birth defects occur within the first 3-4 weeks of pregnancy. So it's important to have folic acid in your system during those early stages when your baby's brain and spinal cord are developing.
    If you talked to your doctor when you were trying to conceive, she probably told you to start taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid. One study showed that women who took folic acid for at least a year before getting pregnant cut their chances of delivering early by 50% or more.
    The CDC recommends that you start taking folic acid every day for at least a month before you become pregnant, and every day while you are pregnant. However, the CDC also recommends that all women of childbearing age take folic acid every day. So you'd be fine to start taking it even earlier.
    If you picked out your own prenatal vitamin, take it to your OB once you're pregnant to make sure it has the recommended amounts of everything you need, including folic acid. All prenatal vitamins are not the same and some may have less or more of the vitamins and minerals you need.
    How Much Folic Acid Should I Take?

    The recommended dose for all women of childbearing age is 400 mcg of folic acid each day. If you take a multivitamin every day, check to see if it has the recommended amount. If for some reason you don't want to take a multivitamin, you can take folic acid supplements. But you should not take both.
    Here's how much folic acid is recommended each day in terms of pregnancy:

    • While you're trying to conceive: 400 mcg
    • For the first three months of pregnancy: 400 mcg
    • For months four to nine of pregnancy: 600 mcg
    • While breastfeeding: 500 mcg

    Source: WebMD

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    Hai madhavi chandru,

    The given below are general follicle rich foods...
    Foods with Folic Acid

    The following foods are great sources for folic acid. This list isn’t expansive but is a great place to get started. As always, I do recommend organic if available.

    1. Dark Leafy Greens

    It should come as no surprise that one of the planet’s healthiest foods is also one of the highest in folate. For an immediate boost in folic acid, consider adding more spinach, collard greens, kale, turnip greens and romaine lettuce into your daily diet. Just one large plate of these delicious leafy greens can provide you with almost all of your daily needs for folic acid.
    Below is a short list of leafy greens that are high in folic acid.

    • Spinach — 1 cup = 263 mcg of folate (65% DV)
    • Collard Greens — 1 cup = 177 mcg of folate (44% DV)
    • Turnip Greens — 1 cup = 170 mcg of folate (42% DV)
    • Mustard Greens — 1 cup = 103 mcg of folate (26% DV)
    • Romaine Lettuce — 1 cup = 76 mcg of folate (19% DV)


    2. Asparagus

    This woody treat is perhaps the most nutrient dense foods with folic acid out of the entire vegetable kingdom. Eating just one cup of boiled asparagus will give you 262 mcg of folic acid, which accounts for approximately 65% of your daily needs. Not only is asparagus a delicious snack, but it’s also full of nutrients your body craves, including Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Manganese.

    3. Broccoli

    Not only is broccoli one of the best detox foods you can eat, it’s also a great source for folic acid. Eating just one cup of broccoli will provide you with approximately 24% of your daily folic acid needs, not to mention a whole host of other important nutrients. We recommend eating organic broccoli raw or lightly steamed.

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    4. Citrus Fruits


    Many fruits contain folic acid, but citrus fruits rank the highest. Oranges are an especially rich source of folic acid. One orange holds about 50 mcg, and a large glass of juice may contain even more. Other folate-rich fruits include papaya, grapefruit, grapes, banana, cantaloupe and strawberries. Here is a short list of fruits high in folic acid.

    • Papaya — One papaya = 115 mcg of folate (29% DV)
    • Oranges — One orange = 40 mcg of folate (10% DV)
    • Grapefruit — One grapefruit = 30 mcg of folate (8% DV)
    • Strawberries — 1 cup = 25 mcg of folate (6.5% DV)
    • Raspberries — 1 cup = 14 mcg of folate (4% DV)

    5. Beans, Peas and Lentils


    Beans and pulses especially high in folic acid include pinto beans, lima beans, green peas, black-eyed peas and kidney beans. A small bowl of any type of lentils will give you the majority of your recommended daily amounts for folate. Here is a short list of how much which beans have the most folic acid.

    • Lentils — 1 cup = 358 mcg of folate (90% DV)
    • Pinto Beans — 1 cup = 294 mcg of folate (74% DV)
    • Garbanzo Beans — 1 cup = 282 mcg of folate (71% DV)
    • Black Beans — 1 cup = 256 mcg of folate (64% DV)
    • Navy Beans — 1 cup = 254 mcg of folate (64% DV)
    • Kidney Beans — 1 cup = 229 mcg of folate (57% DV)
    • Lima Beans — 1 cup = 156 mcg of folate (39% DV)
    • Split Peas — 1 cup = 127 mcg of folate (32% DV)
    • Green Peas — 1 cup = 101 mcg of folate (25% DV)
    • Green Beans — 1 cup = 42 mcg of folate (10% DV)

    6. Avocado


    The most beloved vegetable of Mexican fare, the buttery avocado holds up to 90mcg of folate per cup, which accounts for appoximately 22% of your daily needs. Not only are avocados one of the best foods with folic acid, but it’s also an excellent source of fatty acids, vitamin K and dietary fiber. Adding them to sandwiches or salads will make for an extra-healthy treat.
    7. Okra


    The world’s slimiest veggie is also one of the most nutrient rich. Okra has the distinct ability to simultaneously offer vitamins and minerals while cleansing the entire digestive tract from toxic build-up. When it comes to folate, Okra is a great source. Just one cup of cooked okra will give you approximately 37 mcg of folic acid.
    8. Brussel Sprouts


    While brussel sprouts probably isn’t your favorite vegetable, there is no denying that they are one of the best foods with folic acid. Eating one cup of boiled brussel sprouts will give you approximately 25% of your daily recommended amount. Brussel sprouts are also high in vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese and potassium. Even with the abundance of nutrients, it still remains incredibly difficult to convince your kid to give them a try.

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    9. Seeds and Nuts

    It doesn’t matter if it’s pumpkin, sesame, sunflower or flax seeds, eating them raw or sprouted, or sprinkling them onto your next salad will add a healthy dose of folic acid. Sunflower seeds, flax seeds and peanuts are especially high in folate, with one cup offering up to 300 mcg. Nuts are also very high in folic acid, with both peanuts and almonds ranking especially high. Below is a short list of the best seeds and nuts for folic acid.

    • Sunflower Seeds — cup = 82 mcg of folate (21% DV)
    • Peanuts — cup = 88 mcg of folate (22%)
    • Flax Seeds — 2 tbs = 54 mcg of folate (14% DV)
    • Almonds — 1 cup = 46 mcg pf fp;ate (12% DV)


    10. Cauliflower

    This cruciferous vegetable is typically regarded as one of the best vitamin C foods, but it’s also a great source for folic acid. Eating just one cup of boiled cauliflower will give you approximately 55 mcg of folate, accounting for 14% of your recommended daily value. We recommend adding fresh cauliflower to a salad with some of the other folic acid foods on this list.
    11. Beets


    Beets are a great source for antioxidants that provide detox support, making them one of the best liver cleanse foods on the planet. While that’s a great reason to add them to your diet, beets are also known as one of the best foods with folic acid. Eating one cup of boiled beets will provide you with approximately 136 mcg of folate, accounting for 34% of your daily needs.
    12. Corn


    You probably have a can of corn in your pantry right now. This popular vegetable also contains plenty of folate. Just one cup of cooked corn will give you approximately 76 mcg of folic acid, accounting for almost 20% of your daily needs. We would recommend avoiding canned veggies and opting for fresh and organic.
    13. Celery


    Celery is commonly regarded as a great food to help with kidney stones, but did you know it’s also a great source for folic acid? Just one cup of raw celery will give you approximately 34 mcg of folate, accounting for 8% of your daily needs.
    14. Carrots


    Carrots are another extremely popular vegetable that is probably in your home right now. Just one cup of raw carrots will give you almost 5% of your daily recommended needs for folic acid. Eat baby carrots as a snack or add them to your salads for a folate boost!

    15. Squash

    Squash may not be the most popular vegetable for your family, but there is no denying its nutritional benefits. Whether it’s summer squash or winter squash, adding this veggie to your diet will help give you a boost in folic acid. Here is a breakdown of how much folate can be found in squash.

    • Winter squash — 1 cup = 57 mcg of folate (14% DV)
    • Summer Squash — 1 cup = 36 mcg of folate (9% DV)


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    Re: folic acid during pregnancy.

    Quote Originally Posted by madhavichandru View Post
    hi....... this is my 5th month of pregnancy... my friend suggest me to eat foods which are high rich content of folic acid. she said folic acid intake during pregnancy is one of the healthy diet. is it good to contain folic rich foods from now. why should i need folic acid intake during pregnancy? How will I know whether I have a folic acid deficiency? also pls tel me folic acid rich foods.
    hi madhavi chandru....
    It's important to start taking extra folic acid or folate even before conception. This essential nutrient, one of the B group of vitamins, reduces the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida in a developing baby. Spina bifida is a serious congenital condition, which occurs when the tube around the central nervous system - the neural tube - fails to close completely.

    The neural tube develops during the first few weeks of pregnancy and grows to form the baby's brain and spinal cord - the long bundle of nerves which runs inside the backbone to connect the brain with the rest of the body. When you are pregnant, you need extra folic acid, especially in the early weeks of pregnancy when your baby's body is being formed. Although neural tube defects are rare, Health Canada recommends that all women who could become pregnant should take a multivitamin containing 400 mcg (0.4 mg) of folic acid every day. To help reduce the risk of NTDs, you should start taking the vitamin supplement at least three months before you get pregnant and continue through the first three months of your pregnancy.

    If you are not pregnant, you usually need to buy the supplement - ask the pharmacist for advice on which supplements contain the recommended amount. Women who have previously had a baby with a neural tube defect or are on drug therapy for epilepsy are often prescribed higher doses; speak to your GP for guidance before becoming pregnant again.

    As well as taking a supplement, you can also increase the amount of folic acid in your diet. Foods rich in folic acid include dark green leafy vegetables such as sprouts, spinach, and broccoli; other vegetables such as peas, cabbage, cauliflower, potatoes and green beans; baked beans; fruits - especially citrus fruits; dried beans; breads and cereals fortified with folate (check the nutritional information chart on the packaging); yeast extract and milk.

    Like many vitamins, folic acid can be easily destroyed by cooking. Try steaming, microwaving or stir-frying vegetables which have high levels of folic acid, or cook them in the minimum amount of water.


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