Pregnancy is a very critical phase for a woman’s life with all the hopes and caring associated along. Carrying a baby for nine month and going through the effects like morning sickness, mood swings and cramps is not very easy to deal with. There are many risks not many people are aware with. A pregnant woman must take care of herself and her baby during specially during the early days as that is the time when the development of baby’s brain and spinal cord starts taking place. The woman must take Folic acid which is a man-made acid from Vitamin B. This helps to decrease the birth defects of the baby and helps with the healthy development of the brain and spinal cord’s neural system. Folic Acid is also found naturally in dark green vegetables as well as citric acid fruits. Doctor recommends a lady to take Folic acid daily at least for a month before she starts trying to conceive. According to a study, once a woman took folic acid for almost a year before she starts trying to conceive and this increased the chances of pregnancy to 50% more.
One cannot get enough from the normal food and therefore must take the external special vitamin B or folic acid sources like oranges or lemon. It is said that no matter how much you take an intake of Folic acid; it is always less raising the stakes of how healthy it is for a pregnant woman. A woman must take at least 400-800 mcg of folic acid every day while she is pregnant.
There are many cases where, a little carelessness might cause a great issue of concern. There might have been many cases, you yourself have come across where a woman pregnant for nine months is going through a mi carriage, or the baby born is not normal and have some defects related to brain or the spinal cord which effects the reflexes. Sometimes, either it is due to the lack of glucose, or folic acid. Folic acid is a must take ingredient once you start preparing with pregnancy take care of the mother’s as well as the baby’s health. The development of the brain is the mot crucial thing that takes place and hence requires proper nutrients for the further development.
Various sources of Folic acid are:
- Dark leafy greens: spinach, arugula, collards, and kale (ranging from 150-260mcg / 1 cup cooked greens)
- Legumes: lentils, garbanzo beans, pinto beans, navy beans, black beans, and kidney beans (ranging from 230-360mcg / 1 cup cooked beans)
- Papaya (100 mcg / 2 cups)
- Asparagus(134 mcg / ½ cup cooked)
- Flaxseeds (54 mcg / 2 tablespoons)
- Broccoli (84 mcg / ½ cup cooked)
- Beets (68 mcg / ½ cup cooked)
- Oranges (48 mcg / 1 medium orange)