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The Importance of Folic Acid During pregnancy

Alternative Text By: Rahul Makkar | January 7, 2019

Folic acid might just be a life saver when it comes to having a healthy and exceptionally safe pregnancy. Among the many nutrients that you need to consume prior and during your pregnancy, folic acid happens to be one of the most important nutrients you ever come across.

Folic acid or folate as its also known, is great at producing new red blood cells an also is brilliant at helping the baby’s brain and spinal cord develop.

However, there are many more benefits that one can reap from including folic acid in your diet.

There are many problems that taking folic acid can prevent for you and your baby. These include many things.

  • Neural Tube Defects
  • Incomplete development of the spinal cord
  • Incomplete development of the brain

Apart from all these problems that the right amount of folic acid is able to prevent, it also helps brilliantly at preventing:

  • Premature birth
  • Miscarriages
  • Low Birth weight in babies
  • Cleft lip or palate problems in new borns
  • Complications during pregnancy
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Stroke
  • Heart issues and diseases
  • Many types of cancers

There are many great sources of folic acid that you come across every day. These include but are not restricted to:

  • Fortified Cereals
  • Lentils
  • Spinach
  • Egg
  • Beans

Remember, the more balanced diet you follow where folic acid plays a major role, the healthier you and your baby will be during and post your pregnancy.

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