Folic Acid Shopping List

After the joy and surprise of learning you’re pregnant, the reality of how much there is to get ready sets in. While nine months may seem like a lot of time, there is a LOT to do.

One thing that can’t wait is the addition of folic acid to the soon-to-be mother’s daily regimen. While it’s best to have the B vitamin in your system before conception, that’s no reason not to start taking it as soon you get that positive pregnancy test.

Folic acid is vital in the prevention of neural tube defects (NTDs) like spina bifida, anencephaly, and cleft lip and palate. Taking vitamin B-9 before getting pregnant could prevent 70% or more of these tragic birth defects.

Folic acid supplements are the easiest way to make sure you’re getting the recommended 400 mcg a day. But, if you’d prefer an even more natural way to hit the daily amount, then we’ve got a grocery list just for you.

It includes a variety of folate-enriched grain products you can find in any supermarket or grocery. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires grain products to be fortified with 140 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid per 100 grams of grain product. Added fortification is included in cereals, breads, pastas, and other foods labeled "enriched."

Other great ways to get folate -- the natural form of folic acid -- is through legumes. Black, navy, and pinto beans are all great sources of folate. So too are peanuts.

You can also load up on certain fruits and vegetables, like greens, asparagus, sweet potatoes, strawberries, avocado, bananas, and orange and pineapple juices.

Download the shopping list (attached here) and start eating for you and your baby’s health!