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Pregnancy and folic acid: this is all you need to know

Although more and more women decide to delay the decision to have children or not to have children, the average age of motherhood continues to be around 32 years old. Precisely if you are thinking about becoming a mother or are already pregnant, someone in your circle or even your gynecologist will surely have told you about the importance of starting to take folic acid.

A vitamin that is currently recommended to be taken now from one month before pregnancy, integrating it with a balanced diet that takes on special importance during the first trimester. But why is this vitamin so important and what is it? the best way to include it?

What is folic acid?

Also known as vitamin B9, folic acid is still a essential nutrient that people cannot synthesize, so we have to obtain it from the diet. Among the many biological processes in which it intervenes, the protein and DNA synthesis.

Nuts like walnuts, peanuts and almonds They are a good source of folic acid and are also rich in healthy fats, protein and fiber.

Cereals and whole grain breads

Whole grain cereals and breads, such as oats, whole wheat, brown rice and whole wheat bread, are a good source of folic acid. In addition, they are also rich in fiber and other important nutrients.

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