Home > Parenting > Pregnancy Updated 16 April 2013 No folly in folic acid Folic acid should be taken regularly by all pregnant mums and people with a low immunity to disease. 0 iStock ASK The Paediatrician » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for a baby? » Subscribe Parenting newsletter » How a woman's body changes during pregnancy Foetal development Folic acid should be taken regularly by all pregnant mums and people with a low immunity to disease. This nutrient prevents spina bifida in unborn babies and can play a role in cancer prevention. A sufficient daily intake of folic acid is necessary as excess amounts are excreted in the urine, rather than stored for later use.Take action: Enjoy the benefits by eating a fist-sized portion of beans, spinach, broccoli or avocado every day. If you are pregnant or hoping to become so, take 400 microgram in supplement form per day.Visit our Vitamins, minerals and supplements section for more tips.Congratulations to the winner of our Scott Spark 920 competition, Gerhard Herbst. More in Parenting 10 most popular baby stories More: ParentingPregnancy advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.