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Folic acid in pregnancy. Pregnant woman holding a blister pack of folic acid (vitamin B9) pills over her bump. Folic acid is taken during pregnancy as a lack of it has been implicated in developmental defects in the child, especially spina bifida. This is a deformity of the spine that can lead to paralysis and mental impairment.
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