Why Folic Acid Is Important For Pregnant Women?
- Women should consume folic acid as soon as they plan their pregnancy
- Consuming folic acid every day prevents certain birth defects in babies
- In anecphaly parts of a baby's brain and skull do not form correctly
Folic acid is a B-vitamin and is very important for pregnant women. In fact it is recommended that women start consuming the recommended amount of folic acid as soon as they start planning a pregnancy. Folic Acid is extremely critical in the development of a baby’s brain and spine, which is formed at a very early stage in the pregnancy. Often the woman may not even know she is pregnant at that time, highlighting the importance of supplementation even while planning the pregnancy.
Consuming the recommended amount of folic acid everyday can help prevent certain birth defects in the baby’s brain (known as anencephaly) and spine (known as spina bifida).
Anencephaly is a serious birth defect in which parts of a baby’s brain and skull do not form correctly. Babies born with anencephaly cannot survive. Spina bifida is a serious birth defect in which a baby’s spine does not develop correctly, and can result in some severe physical disabilities.
All women, but especially those who want to become pregnant, need 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day. In fact, it is recommended that women get enough folic acid each day, even if not pregnant. This is because our bodies make new cells every day—blood, skin, hair, nails and others. Folic acid is needed to make these new cells. Start a healthy habit today and get 400 mcg of folic acid every day.