Hi, I am Jyothi Chabria. We will be discussing
importance of folic acid in pregnancy. Folic acid is very vital for pregnancy because it
helps to avoid neural tube defects which could be seen in the fetus. So normally the intake
of folic acid is encouraged 3 months prior planning the pregnancy. Folic acid simply
means, it comes from the word foliage which means leaves. So, a rich source of folic acid
would be found in lot of green leafy vegetables like spinach and in collard greens, in mustard
greens, in green peas. Why we give folic acid also is that sustainability of the pregnancy
is definitely enhanced by using folic acid, along with iron supplements. And foods rich
in folic acid will also include things like broccoli, cauliflower, flax seeds, wheatgerm,
these are the foods which are rich in folic acid. All doctors in fact stress on usage
of folic acid so that we do not pick up any kind of abnormalities in pregnancy. At least
we try to avoid those by using folic acid supplements and in terms of diet and supplementation.
Folic acid is encouraged by a lot of gynecologists and doctors specially in pregnant ladies because
we have seen incidents of anemia’s very commonly in pregnancy, which can be corrected as simply
as correcting a, having a iron rich diet, a B12 diet and a folic rich diet. for iron and folic
acid absorption, vitamin C is integral. So, that’s the reason we encourage patients to
have foods which are rich in vitamin C, which would include things like citrus fruits and
Indian gooseberry which is amla and pineapple. All these things are rich in vitamin C. So,
vitamin C coupled with folic acid is very effective for keeping anemia’s at bay in pregnant women.

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