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Benefits of Taking Folic Acid Before, During and After Pregnancy

If you are pregnant or might have become pregnant, it is very important to use enough folic acid.

This Folic Acid (also known as vitamin B9) is so important for the development of a healthy foetus in all women, as it can significantly reduce the risk of neural tube defects. This particular medicine could also be used by all women, especially those looking to conceive. Taking this type of thing would help your body and keep you save until you conceive. It also help you from getting all sorts of defects in pregnancy.

The birth defects are all health conditions present at birth and can surely cause a lot problems in how the body works. This is not a new thing about defects in pregnancy. And while not every birth defects can be prevented in all women, a woman can take good steps to increase herself the chances of ensuring that her unborn baby is not born with a neural tube defect.

This Neural tube defects are all birth defects of the brain, spine, or even spinal cord. They actually happen in the first month of some pregnancy, often before a woman knows that she is pregnant actually. The two most common neural tube defects are spina bifida and hydrocephaly. In spina bifida, the foetal spinal column doesn’t close completely. Hydrocephaly is also known as hydrocephalus and is an abnormal buildup of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the ventricles of the brain. The fluid is normally under increased pressure and can compress and mostly damage the brain.

Women who are planning to have baby or capable of getting pregnant should always take a daily supplement containing 0.4 to 0.8 mg of folic acid to reduce their risk of having their pregnancy affected by one neural tube defect.

Where can I get folic acid?

The very simplest way to get the required daily amount of folic acid to be consumed is to take a daily multivitamin containing a minimum of 0.4 mg of folic acid. Most pregnancy multivitamins contain folic acid. You can also get folic acid at your local chemist or pharmacy. You should also note that folic acid is given in some hospitals in Nigeria during your antenatal.

Taking a vitamin does not reduce or replace the need for eating a healthy, well-balanced diet so you should eat food high in folic acid, such as green vegetables, spinach and orange juice, as well as foods fortified with folic acid, such as white flour and enriched pasta.

Try to learn the habit of taking Folic Acid and you will see how helpful it would be for you and your pregnancy at a long run. We are not saying it is only what you need in respect to all defects you may or have had during your pregnancy. But it sure helps during and after the pregnancy.

We understand you might want to talk about it or share us some experience about Folic Acid. Do not hesitate to drop some some tips in the comment box below. Thanks for reading.



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