The importance of taking folic acid during pregnancy

Folic acid is the keyword that would put so many defects of birth behind if taken in proper amounts everyday. Vitamins are broadly classified to be important to every individual for their good health and to stay free of diseases.

Why does folic acid attach an extra bit of attention to itself? Folic acid is a B vitamin that has been, after research, found to be the key element in maintaining the good health of your unborn baby from the womb until he/she enters into the world and thereafter too.

Folic acid reduces the risk of numerous birth defects. It is highly important to add folic acid in your diet a few months before you plan to become pregnant and also during the first trimester of the pregnancy. Folic acid helps in building a strong spine and forming a healthy brain.

When a foetus forms in the womb it develops its spinal cord and the brain from the neural tube. When the mother’s nutrition does not contain enough nutrients the foetus is denied of the essentials required to form a healthy baby. Eventually this lack and deficiency ends up in the baby having serious problem of the neural tube also called NTDs (Neural Tube Defects). For no fault of it the foetus which is due to enter this world in a few more months would have a defective brain and spinal cord, which of course is the most important for a human to stay alive in a proper state.

Knowing the serious damages that deficiency of folic acid could bring about mother’s to be must bear in mind that eating a diet that is rich in proteins and vitamins is a pre-requisite for a healthy mother and child. Mother’s-to-be must eat lots of leafy green vegetables, fortified cereals, orange juice, and enriched breads and pasta. Although folic acid can be obtained from your diet itself a folic acid supplement in the form of a multivitamin tablet can be taken unless your doctor says otherwise.

Folic acid is an important part in the well-being of the foetus and also helps in avoiding breast cancer and colon cancer. So women of today wake up and start your diet rich in folic acid and other vitamins, minerals and proteins. Find not only yourself healthy but also your kith and kin. Make a better you and a much more better we.