What To Do When You Forget To Take Folic Acid While Pregnant?
Good morning, I want to ask, what if I forget to take the pregnancy vitamins given by the doctor? I really forgot .. even though every day the need for folic acid for the fetus must be fulfilled .. I am worried that if I forget one day taking vitamin doctors will have an impact on fetal growth … what should I do ??
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Folic acid or Vitamin B9 is needed by pregnant women. Namely to help the formation of red blood cells and to assist the development of fetal nerve tubes.
Pregnant women will experience physiological anemia (normal anemia) because their bodies need more blood than before pregnancy to meet their needs and the fetus. Folic acid is one of the basic ingredients of red blood cell formation. So that the fulfillment of the needs of pregnant women for folic acid, it can help prevent pregnant women from experiencing anemia.
The fetus, will begin to experience the development of nerve tubes from 3-4 weeks after conception (pregnancy). This nerve tube will develop into the brain and spinal cord system. Because this time is often not realized by women that she is pregnant, every woman who plans to get pregnant is recommended to consume folic acid before pregnancy occurs. So that the need for folic acid from the age of 3-4 weeks of pregnancy can be fulfilled. If it is not fulfilled during pregnancy, it can affect the fetus experiencing birth defects, namely anencephalus and spina bifida.
However, it should also be a concern of mothers that the required amount of Folic Acid, which is 400 mcg per day. There are several studies which state that if the levels of folic acid in the mother's blood are high, then the fetus will be at risk of developing autism. So it is expected that the mother's patience to be able to consume folic acid every day at a dose of 400 mcg (unless there are certain conditions, which cause obstetricians to give more doses). If you forget, you should not duplicate it. Mother still enough to consume 400mcg a day. So when you remember you can immediately consume it as usual, as well as the next day.
Even so, the risk of autism due to excessive consumption of folic acid still requires further research. So the mother does not need to worry too much if ever consuming folic acid exceeds 400 mcg per day. You also don't need to worry too much about the previous days that you forget to consume folic acid. All you have to do is think positive about your current pregnancy. Of course, must be followed by maternal efforts to meet nutritional needs during pregnancy. As well as routine control every month, so that the mother can know that the pregnancy is going well. Do not forget to at least the mother did an ultrasound 1 time with an obstetrician. You can read the benefits of pregnancy ultrasound here.
Basically, folic acid can be found in the types of food that mothers consume daily. However, unfortunately the absorption process in the intestine is not as easy as the absorption of folic acid in the form of medicinal vitamins. So it is very necessary for mothers to consume vitamin folic acid.
Thus hopefully useful.