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Preventing Birth Defects

Folic Acid: Why it’s so important

supplemental folic acidIf you’re pregnant, or trying to get pregnant, one of the most important things you can be taking for your baby is Folic Acid.  It is recommended that women who are trying to get pregnant should start taking 400mcg of Folic Acid at least 1 month before getting pregnant.  Because of the role that folic acid plays in the production of new, healthy cells it’s important that you start taking folic acid right away if you suspect you may be pregnant. Continue reading

Beta Carotene Better Than Vitamin A During Pregnancy

carrotsVitamin A is extremely important during pregnancy. According to BabyCenter.com “Vitamin A is important for your baby’s embryonic growth – including the development of the heart, lungs, kidneys, eyes, and bones, and the circulatory, respiratory, and central nervous systems. It also helps with infection resistance and fat metabolism.” There are a number of ways to get adequate vitamin A during pregnancy. Continue reading