Why We Should Know All About Folic Acid?

Why We Should Know All About Folic Acid?

  Folic Acid during Pregnancy   Your patient maybe a healthy women who does not smoke, drink or take any medications during pregnancy. And yet she may deliver a baby who has a heart or brain defect. She is heartbroken and wonders if anything could have been done to prevent it. In most situations the answer is no – it is just one of those things that can happen in families. However for the next pregnancy if she has never been pregnant, before getting pregnant, advise her to take one tablet of Folvite per day three months before she actually becomes pregnant. “Several studies suggest that women who do not consume enough of Vitamin B folic acid before and during the early weeks of pregnancy are at an increased risk of having a baby with a heart defect.” Folic acid is a naturally occurring Vitamin B that helps a baby’s neural tube—the part of a fetus that later developes into the brain and spinal cord. If normal development does not occur, spina bifida and other anomalies can result. “Several studies suggest that women who do not consume enough of Vitamin B folic acid before and during the early weeks of pregnancy are at an increased risk of having a baby with a heart defect” A recent study in Canada demonstrated that the increase in folic acid intake nationwide has resulted in a decrease in the prevalence of infants born with severe congenital heart disease (CHD), supporting the idea that folic acid taken preconceptually may prevent CHD. Lead author Raluca Ionescu-Ittu from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, presented the findings at the...