A healthy pregnancy can never be guaranteed or predicted, but there are suggested ways to try and give us the nutrition we need, especially through vitamins and supplements. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists several recommendations on what to take to healthily nurture yourself during pregnancy, with folic acid being at the top. But a new study is showing that what’s a critical supplement in early pregnancy may actually become deleterious to offspring when taken towards the end.
Folic acid, otherwise known as folate, is the synthetic version of vitamin B9 and has been proven to help prevent serious birth defects such as neural tube defects (NTDs), spina bifida, and brain defects like anencephaly. In fact the CDC recommends taking 400 micrograms of folate, especially three to four weeks after conception to maximize the benefits of the supplement.
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