I have asked a lot of people about the vitamins that they take during pregnancy. My doctor just advised me to take milk for moms twice a day (morning and evening) plus folic acid and iron to be taken in during lunch. For each mom-to-be that I asked, it was a different set of instructions that was given by the doctor. Although all of them were advised to take folic acid.
Why is folic acid such an important supplement during pregnancy? Folic acid is also actually called Folate. It is a B vitamin. Folic acid can be found in leafy green vegetables, dried beans, fruits and peas.
It is important since it helps in producing red blood cells. A person who lacks Folic acid is more prone to having anemia. It also helps your baby’s neural tube develop into her brain and spinal cord. For those trying to have a baby, it is advisable to take folic acid already as taking it 3-4 months before conception have shown a significantly reduced incidence of a lot of birth defects, especially the neural tube defects (malformations of the spine and brain).
Do you know that for both men and women, Folic acid is known to reduce the risk of having Alzheimer’s disease? My doctor told me that, so I have been asking my husband to take it, as well.
Hope this info helps!