Folic acid is a B vitamin otherwise known as vitamin B9, also called as Folate. It is a water soluble vitamin, that helps to produce new cells and maintain the same. Also, they prevent DNA changes that may lead to cancer. It is considered to be Pregnancy Superhero!
It is recommended that all women should take prenatal vitamin along with Folic acid (400 mcg recommended) before and during pregnancy every day due to its following advantages.
It is recommended that all women who are trying to conceive should consume folic acid along with prenatal vitamin everyday. If you are planning to have a baby you should start with folic acid three months prior.
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Folic acid is very important in first three months of pregnancy (first Trimester) as all body organs (brain, spinal cord) of a baby are formed in this stage. So, if not taken then there are chances of neural tube defect in baby. After 3 months also i.e. in 4-9 months of pregnancy, folic acid has utmost importance. Thus, folic acid should be taken everyday by To-be Mom during her pregnancy. Also, while breastfeeding it should be continued.
The following table depicts the amount of folic acid to be taken by a women before, during and after pregnancy.
|Stage||Amount/Quantity to be taken|
|When you are trying to conceive||400 micro grams (mcg)|
|In first to three months of Pregnancy (first Trimester)||400 micro grams (mcg)|
|In four to nine months of Pregnancy (Second & Third Trimester)||600 micro grams (mcg)|
|While Breastfeeding||500 micro grams (mcg)|
Note: Experts strongly recommend that all women of childbearing age should take a dose of 400 mcg of folic acid every day. If you take multivitamin every day, it is advised that you should check multivitamin supplement’s label (for getting ensured if you are taking the recommended amount). If you are not taking recommended amount, then you can change the brand or take folic acid separately. But never consume more than one multivitamin in a day.
Note: Ensure that the doctor must be aware of your past medical record.
It occurs naturally in the form of folates in:
Thus, as it is recommended that all women of childbearing age should take a multivitamin with folic acid or a folic acid supplement every day.
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