How many of you mamas take supplemental forms of folic acid during pregnancy? Or while TTC? I make a point of trying to get all my nutrients from food, and I'm not sure I totally buy the USDA recommended daily allowance thing. It seems like if you really tried to get all that, you'd be eating a TON!
I would like to try to get all my folic acid needs from food. I eat a lot of the foods high in folate on a regular basis. But I take no supplements. The closest I even think I would come to supplementing would be to drink herbal infusions (particularly nettle, red raspberry, and red clover).
I think my diet in general is pretty good... I aviod white flour and sugar (ok, so I've been bad about the sugar lately), caffiene (though I do give in to my chocolate craving once a month, I don't drink coffee, soda, or tea), only drink alcohol moderately, fill up on whole grains and legumes (mainly whole wheat flour and pasta, brown rice, and lentils) and veggies, we rarely eat meat (once or twice a month), but we're not vegetarians, and we eat lots of dairy (mostly cheese, butter, cream, and yogurt- not milk so much). (I have eaten large amounts of dairy throughout my life and never had any reactions to it, so it's not an issue for me. But it's my primary source of protien and calicum.... and fat.)
Anyway, with a pretty healthy diet, would I still need to worry about getting enough folate? And does it warrant taking a pill, or can I just use infusions?
From a UC/UP point of view, what would you do?