Folic acid, often called the Vitamin of Life is needed by every pregnant woman for protection of their foetus from any form of birth defects. We shall talk about the amazing benefits of folic acid for pregnant women.
Folic acid for pregnant women. This Vitamin of Life helps to protect children from developing a condition called Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate.
1 out of 700 new births is affected by cleft lip and palate which is now correctable by surgical means.
Let’s dive more into what Cleft Lip and Palate is.
Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate are among the birth defects that happen when tissues in the baby’s face and mouth don’t fuse properly in which, normally, the tissues that make up the lip and palate fuse together in the second and third months of pregnancy. But in babies with cleft lip and cleft palate, the fusion never takes place or occurs partially leaving an opening called cleft.
This birth defect can result from different factors ranging from genetic factors to environmental factors including tobacco smoking or alcohol intake during pregnancy, family history of cleft palate, diabetes and obesity during pregnancy and failure of the pregnant mother not taking her prenatal vitamin especially folic acid.
Women who plan on getting pregnant or already pregnant are advised to ensure they take vitamin- rich foods including fruits and vegetables, prenatal vitamin supplements to protect their baby from any future occurrence of birth defects.
Taking your prenatal vitamin as a pregnant or mother to-be protects your baby from future development of any type of birth defects.
It is recommended for pregnant women to consume foods and fruits and supplements rich in folic acid, calcium, iron and other micronutrients.
It is most times cost effective, cheap and way better to prevent the occurrence of a situation than to start seeking for correction.
You can protect your baby by regularly taking your prenatal vitamins as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
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P.S: You can also check our blog “How to take care of the teeth“