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What is folate and why is it so important in pregnancy?

You’ll need to start taking a daily folic acid supplement if you’re trying for a baby or you've just fallen pregnant. Find out more about folic acid, folate and neural tube defects here.

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Vitamins and supplements during pregnancy

Supplements such as folic acid and iodine are recommended during pregnancy. But check with your doctor before taking any other types.

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Folate and pregnancy

Folate and folic acid are important for pregnancy since they can help prevent birth defects known as neural tube defects, such as spina bifida.

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Planning for your pregnancy

If you are thinking about pregnancy, visit your doctor for a preconception consult to provide you with expert advice on planning your pregnancy.

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Preconception health for women

If you want to have a baby, being healthy is one of the best ways to improve your chances of falling pregnant and having a healthy baby.

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Neural tube defects

Neural tube defect affects less than one in 1000 pregnancies. There are a number of factors that will increase this risk especially a close family history.

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Department of Health | Folate

Folate is the common name for folic acid and related compounds which together make up one of the B group of vitamins necessary for healthy growth and development.

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Vitamin and mineral (micronutrient) supplements

Here is what you need to know about the benefits for fertility and pregnancy health of folic acid, iodine, vitamin D, zinc, and selenium supplements.

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Folate for pregnant women - Better Health Channel

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Spina Bifida | Sydney Children's Hospitals Network

Spina Bifida comes from a latin term which means “split spine”

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