Folic acid is a synthetic B vitamin that’s vital in pregnancy:
It prevents your baby from developing a variety of neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly.
The Department of Health recommends every woman who’s pregnant or trying for a baby take a daily supplement of 400mcg.
Folate, folic acid’s natural form, can be found in certain foods, including whole grains, leafy greens (spinach, collard greens, kale), oranges, meat and pulses. However, it can be in very small quantities, so it’s almost impossible to eat enough to protect your baby: supplementation is advised.