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Folic Acid One Of The Most Important Pregnancy Nutrition Supplements

Mar 2, 2008
Pregnant women can reap the benefits of pregnancy nutrition supplements that contain multivitamins and other compounds. And these benefits are not limited during pregnancy. You can start these supplements well before you plan to become pregnant, during labor and delivery, and during breastfeeding too.

Nutrition during pregnancy period is vital or else, you should be ready to see birth defects in your baby. Unfortunately, the standard American diet is high in salts, sugar, fats, and is devoid of essential vitamins and minerals that are required during pregnancy and nursing. Besides, an average American diet is also low on complex carbs.

By getting proper nutrition guidelines, you can give yourself a well balanced diet that has a variety. Vegetarian nutrition comes from fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, beans, whole grains. It is characterized by a limited consumption of refined and processed foods, sugars, and saturated fats. Organic foods, too, are fast becoming popular among pregnant women, who do not want to depend solely on pregnancy nutrition supplements for their health.

Folic Acid Studies

The only vitamin whose requirement doubles during pregnancy is folate. A deficiency of can lead to the birth of a low weight baby as well as one that has neural tube disorders. In a study, women with high risk pregnancy, which means they had earlier delivered infants with neural tube disorders, were supplemented with folate pills. They displayed about 72 percent of protective effect as compared to the placebo group.

In another study, it was found that pregnant women, who were kept on a dose of folate nutritional supplements while pregnant, delivered babies with higher birth weight as well as Apgar scores. Also, they had a reduced incidence of maternal infections and fetal growth retardations.

On account of the proven links between folic acid deficiency and incidence of delivery of low birth weight babies as well as neural tube disorders, the US Public Health Service has recommended the intake of its supplements for all women of childbearing age. This will alleviate the risk of congenital birth disorders.

Sources Of Folic Acid

Folic acid is naturally present in green leafy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, parsley, and dandelion. However, you should be careful not to take an overdose of folic acid. It reduces the absorption of zinc. This is a mineral needed for the healthy growth of fetus and development of immunity.

Read books, articles, and talk to your doctor about pregnancy nutrition supplements
About the Author
Pregnancy nutrition supplements are recommended for almost all pregnant women. However, it also depends on your overall health. You need to consult your doctor regarding nutritional supplements during pregnancy. Follow nutrition guidelines on both vegetarian and non-vegetarian pregnancy.
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