They tracked 35,000 women between the years of 1999-2002 and looked specifically at those who had taken folic acid for a year before becoming pregnant. In addition to preventing birth defects, the folic acid was found to decrease the chance of going into premature labor by 50-70 percent!
Folic acid helps the body make new cells. So when women get their recommended daily amount, they are helping to prevent their baby from defects such as spina-bifida and anencephaly.
So….include folic acid as part of your healthy diet! It is found in leafy green vegetables, dried beans, peas, fruits and nuts. Or, take it as part of your multi-vitamin plan!