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Offline Ahmed_07

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Having a healthy baby
« on: March 11, 2012, 06:34:28 AM »

Having a healthy baby means making sure you're healthy, too. One of the most important things you can do to help prevent serious birth defects in your baby is to get enough folic acid every day — especially before conception and during early pregnancy.

About Folic Acid
Folic acid, sometimes called folate, is a B vitamin (B9) found mostly in leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach, orange juice, and enriched grains.

Many studies have shown that women who get 400 micrograms (0.4 milligrams) daily prior to conception and during early pregnancy reduce the risk that their baby will be born with a serious neural tube defect (a birth defect involving incomplete development of the brain and spinal cord) by up to 70%.

The most common neural tube defects are:

spina bifida, an incomplete closure of the spinal cord and spinal column
anencephaly, severe underdevelopment of the brain
encephalocele, when brain tissue protrudes out to the skin from an abnormal opening in the skull
All of these defects occur during the first 28 days of pregnancy — usually before a woman even knows she's pregnant.

That's why it's so important for all women of childbearing age to get enough folic acid — not just those who are planning to become pregnant. Only 50% of pregnancies are planned, so any woman who could become pregnant should make sure she's getting enough folic acid.


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Re: Having a healthy baby
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2012, 09:13:48 PM »
I loved your post, can you talk about other things that should be taken care of regarding pregnancy and before pregnancy?
I'd be interested to hear it from you :-)
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