Thank you for your post this week. I agree that folic acid is useful in preventing folic acid deficiency during pregnancy. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that, “all women of childbearing age and especially those who are planning a pregnancy should receive about 400 mcg (0.4 mg) of folic acid every day.” (Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018). To receive adequate amounts of folic acid is very important before conception and for at least the first trimester of pregnancy because it can potentially reduce dramatically the risk of having a foetus with a neural tube defect. Lack of folate during pregnancy may potentially also increase the risk of premature delivery, low birth weight and retardation of foetal growth, as well as depleting the mechanism by which folate decreases the levels of homocysteine in the blood which may lead to fatal events such as spontaneous abortion and pregnancy complications including membrane rupture and pre- eclampsia toxemia (American Pregnancy Association, 2015).
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