Folic acid or folate is a naturally occurring vitamin B that helps make DNA and other genetic material for fetal growth and development. Women consuming folic acid have a significantly reduced risk of developing hypertension. Dr. Preeti Singh, Obstetrician & Gynaecologist at Kailash Hospital Sec- 27 Noida elaborates on importance of folic acid during pregnancy & before planning too. She explains that Folic acid is very important in preventing major birth defects of the baby's brain (anencephaly) and spine (spina bifida). Including Folic acid rich foods such as leafy green vegetables, fruits, dried beans & peas in daily diet helps in good health of women & the developing fetus.