News about the benefits of folic acid have been confirmed by medical journals and clinical studies for years, but just how much does it help with a baby’s development? Earlier this month, USA Today reported that there has been a 35 percent decrease in the number of babies born with spina bifida due to the fortification of grains with folic acid. Flour has been fortified with B vitamins since the late ’90s, but recent reports reinforce its significance.
Folic acid is essential as part of baby’s growth in the early stages of pregnancy. Women who do not receive enough of the vitamin have an increased risk of having a baby born with neural tube defects. It has long been recommended that a woman include it in her diet if she is pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant.
All Women Should Have Folic Acid Part of Their Daily Diets
It is most important for women to add folic acid to their daily intake in the first trimester of pregnancy, which is why prenatal vitamins are now recommended when planning on having a child. In 1992, studies revealed that 400 micrograms of folic acid a day could reduce the chances of spina bifida by up to 70 percent.
Despite these statistics, a 2014 report indicates that a quarter of women in American still do not receive the essential amounts. It is an issue that is a constant topic of discussion and should be part part of every woman’s health plan, pregnant or not.
A Responsibility of Care
Information about what to do health-wise during pregnancy has been made common knowledge and repeated over the years for the sake of pregnant women and their unborn babies. The same kind of critical information is necessary for any risks that may affect a woman during her pregnancy as well.
Women who are pregnant may be prescribed medication that increases the chance of their baby being born with birth defects. Certain antidepressants and even medication to treat acne have been reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to be a potential cause of birth defects.
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A woman has the right to make a fully-informed decision when it comes to her health and the health of her child. When proper testing is not performed or health risks are not made public and a birth defect is the result, drug manufacturers must be held accountable.
If your child was born with a birth defect and you were taking medication during pregnancy, you may be eligible for compensation. It does not change the past, but compensation can help with medical expenses and other necessities of care you might need for your child.
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