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How important is Folate (B9) consumption during pregnancy?

I have been craving vegetables like collard greens and spinach. I thought maybe I was lacking iron and maybe a tad bit anemic because I have also been chewing ice (which my aunts doctor said that is something some people with anemia do). But I looked up collard greens and spinach nutrition, and while both contain iron the amount is not alot. BUT they both contain Folate in higher amounts. Could I be lacking enough folate? I am taking my vitamins every day. Should I talk to my doctor about this. It seems that these are the only foods I want to eat or that taste good when I do eat them. And when you crave food your body is telling you that you need something in that food.

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Asked by MamaCass05 at 12:51 AM on Dec. 29, 2009 in Pregnancy

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  • It is crucial for the proper early development of the baby so there is no defects


    Answer by truealaskanmom at 12:52 AM on Dec. 29, 2009

  • craving ice is also a sign of diabetes. although i would crunch on a 20 lb bag a week and they said i didnt have it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:03 AM on Dec. 29, 2009

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