Folic acid isn’t just for women who are pregnant or trying for a baby. Women should, in fact, be taking a supplement even if they aren’t pregnant. Here’s why…
The recommendation now is that all women of childbearing age should take a folic acid supplement. This is simply because 50 per cent of all pregnancies are unplanned, and folic acid is most important to the body is immediately before and after you get pregnant. Which can be before you even know the news yourself!
Why we need more folic acid
Women need an extra 400 micrograms of it in early pregnancy. Since it’s impossible to get this amount from dietary sources, it’s important to take a supplement.
It protects against NTDs
Neural tube defects (NTDs) occur when part of the baby’s brain or spine doesn’t develop properly. A common NTD is Spina Bifida.
A whopping 70 per cent of NTD cases can be prevented by taking a daily supplement.