During pregnancy, your doctor may recommend that you take some important vitamins, one of which is folic acid. It is often recommended that you take this vitamin a month before you fall pregnant.

Is there a difference between folate and folic acid?

According to WebMD, folic acid is the manufactured name (manmade version) of folate.

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Sources of folate and folic acid

Whilst folic acid can be purchased in tablet form, folate can be found in foods such as lentils, peas and beans, fruits (eg. bananas and lemons), leafy green vegetables including spinach and broccoli as well as foods that have been fortified and enriched with the vitamin. These foods may include juices as well as cereals.

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