Family physicians and OBGYNs encourage everyone to monitor their folic acid intake during pregnancy to protect against birth defects. Sometimes, serious consequences can result from folate or folic acid deficiency, such as spina bifida.
Congenital abnormalities like spina bifida may lead to the need to use catheters during childhood.
How to Protect Against Birth Defects with Folic Acid Supplementation
Studies have shown that pregnant women who consume .4 mg of folic acid a day during the first trimester of their pregnancy may reduce their chances of having a child with spina bifida by up to 75%.
Folic acid intake is one easy way to safeguard against the possibility of spina bifida.
How to Take in The Right Amount of Folic Acid
You have a variety of options for taking in folic acid or folate daily. The easiest is to take a multivitamin that contains folic acid. Just remember to look at the label to make sure there are at least .4 mg per dosage.
Don’t like swallowing pills? You can eat fortified cereals and bread instead. Just avoid products with added sugar and processed ingredients for optimal health.
Also, keep in mind you have plenty of options for natural sources of folic acid, including green leafy vegetables and colorful fruits. You can easily get your daily recommended intake of folate by making a morning smoothie. Try out a fun recipe by including some kale or spinach. You can mask the taste with healthy fruits, such as peaches, mango, bananas, or strawberries.
Taking Precautions Against Spina Bifida
Birth defects aren’t always avoidable. However, if you plan on becoming pregnant, it’s important to take precautions to protect against birth defects and decrease the risk of spina bifida developing in the womb.
If you have any questions, speak with your physician or OB/GYN before and during your pregnancy to discuss ways you can ensure you’re armed against a folic acid deficiency.
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