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Folic Acid for New Mothers

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Health Canada recommends that all women of childbearing age take a multivitamin with 0.4 milligrams (400 micrograms) of folic acid every day and eat a diet rich in folate.

Folate is one of the B vitamins found in dark green vegetables, beans, lentils, orange juice and some grain products. Folic acid is the form of folate found in vitamin supplements.

Taking a folic acid supplement in addition to eating foods high in folate is especially important during pregnancy and while you’re breastfeeding.

Do not take more than 1000 micrograms or one milligram of folic acid per day unless advised by your doctor or midwife.

For more information about folic acid, see the HealthLink BC file: Folic Acid Test Overview.

Resources & Links:
HealthLink BC: Folate and Your Health

Last Updated: August 5, 2013