Folic acid or folate, which is referred to as the ‘pregnancy superhero’. But researches says that you should start taking folic acid supplement before you plan for pregnancy.
Why you should take folic acid before planning for pregnancy??
What are the good sources of folic acid to include in your diet??
Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects (NTDs) – serious birth defects of the spinal cord (such as spina bifida) and the brain (such as anencephaly). The neural tube is the part of the embryo from which your baby’s spine and brain develop.
Neural tube defects occur at a very early stage of development, before many women even know they’re pregnant – which is why it’s important to begin taking folic acid before you start trying to conceive.
Good sources include:
dried beans, peas, and nuts
dark green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach,collard or turnip greens, okra, Brussels sprouts, and asparagus
citrus fruit and juice
Your risk for having a baby with neural tube defects increases if you:
— have a family history of NTDs
— are obese
— have diabetes
— take certain medicines to prevent seizures
are of a certain race.
NTDs are highest among Hispanics.
Refer your doctor to know about the dosage of folic acid to be started before you start planning for pregnancy.
Neural Tube Defects in a baby:-
Dr. Jayesh. V. Patel
Sai Women’s care hospital