Or also known as folic acid, this is a type of B vitamin. This vitamin helps the production of DNA and therefore important in new cell formations. Getting sufficient folate is especially important during pregnancy because it facilitates the rapid cell growth and development of your little one’s spinal cord and brain. It also reduces the risk of neural tube defects; and works closely with vitamin B12 to help make red blood cells. Sources of folate are dark leafy greens such as spinach and mustard greens or avocado and beans.