Why You Need Folic Acid During and After Conceiving?

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Folic acid is the most eminent baby-making nutrient. In this article, you’ll read about adequate folic acid intake, its timely dosage & how it benefits you and your bambino during pregnancy and beyond!

Are you expecting and wish to rule out and hamper any risk of birth defects? Are you wondering how can you ensure good growth and elimination of birth disorders in your infant? If you nodded along in agreement, you need to include folic acid in your diet while expecting and even before expecting.
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What Is Folic Acid?

Folic acid is a man-made form of a vitamin ‘B’ (specifically vitamin B9) called “Folate”. Its significant aspect follows the production of red blood cells and aids your baby’s neural tube to develop into her brain and spinal cord. Fortified Cereals are the best source of folic acid, also Folate is found naturally in citrus fruits & dark green vegetables.

What will happen, if I avoid Folic Acid During My Pregnancy?

Folate, present in folic acid signifies fertility and good development. Inadequacy or deficiency of folic acid causes weight loss, weakness, loss of appetite, anemia, irritability, diarrhea, sore tongue, headaches and palpitations.

A slight deficiency of folic acid may not result in any significant symptoms, but it may affect your baby’s embryonic development adversely. So, you can even start having folic acid before your pregnancy phase as it helps you enjoy healthy pregnancy once you are expecting. Get a professional advice from Marham’s doctor penal about your gestation & childbirth concerns, or Book Online Appointment with the best gynecologist in Islamabad, Lahore or other main cities of Pakistan.
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What Are The Benefits Of Folic Acid?

‘Folate’, a water-soluble Folic Acid plays a vital role in DNA creation and the formation of red blood cells. Earlier in pregnancy, folic acid also helps and prevents the neural tube in embryo, the precursor to baby’s brain and spinal cord, to properly close. It also facilitates the formation of the fetus circulatory system & heart, which helps lower the chance of baby birth defects. If your child is suffering from any heart-related birth defect book an appointment with the best pediatrician in Karachi, Lahore and all other main cities of Pakistan via Marham.pk, to know about possible curative procedures. Folic Acid also helps in reducing the risk of:

    • A miscarriage that some women have because of folic acid deficiency.
    • Autism in your baby.
    • Congenital heart defects.
    • Gestational diabetes.
    • Preterm labor.
    • Neural tube defects, including Spina Bifida and encephalopathy, by up to 70%.

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You can take your prenatal vitamins along with folic acid. Acknowledge it as your nutrient backup during gestation. It is important to add plenty of folate-rich foods in your diet when you’re expecting, since they are also full of many other important baby-making nutrients like fiber, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin C. Some of the best food sources of folate are legumes, broccoli, avocado, beets, orange, asparagus, dark green leafy vegetables & other foods fortified with folic acid.

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Rabya Jamshed
She loves to explore various facts, ideas, perception and aspects of life and pen them down in her words. Writing is her passion. She enjoys writing on a vast variety of subjects, and health care is just one among her several specialty areas. She works closely with the “Marham” Health care team to churn out informative health content in Pakistan!