Folate and folic acid are important for pregnancy since they can help prevent neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida. Folate is a B group vitamin needed for healthy growth and development. You can increase your folate intake by eating folate-rich foods in your daily diet or by taking a folic acid supplement. Good sources of folate include green leafy vegetables, fruit (citrus, berries and bananas), legumes and some cereals (many breakfast cereals now have added folate).

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