If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, it is critically important to get enough folic acid , the synthetic form of vitamin B9, also known as folate.
Folic acid helps prevent neural tube defects (NTD) — serious birth defects of the spinal cord ( such as spinal bifida) and the brain (anaencephaly). The neural tube is the part of the embryo from which the spine and brain develop.
Neural tube defects occur at a very early stage of development, before many women even know they are pregnant, which is why it’s important to begin taking folic before you start trying to conceive.
Your body also need folic acid to make normal red blood cells and prevent a type of anaemia. It is also essential for the production, repair, and functioning of DNA, our genetic map and a basic building block of cells. It particularly important for the rapid cell growth of the placenta and foetus.
FOODS HIGH IN FOLIC ACID
Leafy vegetables eg. Spinach, lettuce, etc.
Oranges, beans, cereals, rice, pasta, okra, liver, banana, tomatoes, papaya, avocado, etc.
Proper and adequate intake of folate rich foods makes a healthy baby and a happy family. Eat right, stay healthy.
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