Pregnant & Ultrasounds
START YOUR PREGNANCY HEALTHY
It is important to take extra folic acid during pregnancy.Folic acid is a vitamin (B11). It reduces the risk of neural tube defects such as an open skull, open back, open palate or cleft lip.
Folic acid is found in various foods such as green leafy vegetables, oranges, bananas, legumes, yeast and milk. Here you can get enough folic acid if you are not pregnant. During pregnancy you need a little extra. It takes about 4 weeks before extra folic acid is absorbed into your body. Therefore, start taking folic acid as soon as you want to have children.
Take one tablet of 0.4-0.5 milligrams of folic acid every day. You can buy these tablets at a drugstore or pharmacy. You do not need a doctor’s prescription for this.
Are you already taking folic acid? Continue with this until week 10 of your pregnancy. Are you not taking folic acid yet?
Then start as soon as possible and continue until your 10thweek ofpregnancy.
If you eat a healthy and varied diet during your pregnancy, taking extra vitamins is not necessary. If you still want to use a multivitamin, choose one for pregnant women. This contains less vitamin A. Too much vitamin A is not good for the baby.
Multivitamins for pregnant women often already contain the required amount of folic acid. You can find this on the package insert. If this is 0.4-0.5 milligrams, you do not need to take separate folic acid tablets.
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