Folic acid affects conception - this statement has become more common in recent times. Studies show that women who regularly take vitamin preparations, which contain folic acid, become pregnant several times more often.
How does folic acid help to get pregnant?
Folic acid is known for its extraordinary properties, and one of the most interesting is the prevention of abnormalities in fetal development. But even more important property of folic acid is to influence the onset of pregnancy. Against the background of taking multivitamins and especially folic acid, according to the results of research, fertility (fecundity) of women significantly improves. Regularly taking multivitamins, women in 40% of cases avoided the risk of ripening the egg, which is known to be a common cause of infertility.
If a woman plans to become pregnant, she needs to create the most comfortable conditions for this inside her body, and this woman is helped by folic acid, along with a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition. Folic acid is vitamin B9 which affects the growth and development of new tissues and cells. Especially important is this vitamin for the hematopoiesis system. In addition, folic acid is very important for the normal functioning of the nervous system and the immune system. Already in the second week of pregnancy appears the structure of the embryo, on the basis of which the central nervous system of the child will develop further, and folic acid is needed for its successful development.
When should I take folic acid?
Many pregnant women are unaware of their pregnancy for the first two to three weeks, so even if you are unsure of your pregnancy and that it does happen at all, but want to have children, it is better to start taking folic acid in advance. And in this case, the fetus will already be provided with vitally essential vitamin B9 from the very first days. It is advisable to start taking folic acid immediately after taking the contraceptive medication.
As for the dosage, on the recommendation of the World Health Organization, the average daily intake of vitamin B9 is 400 μg. If it is a question of planning pregnancy, then the need for a vitamin increases by 50%, thus making up a dose of 600 mcg.
Do not forget that folic acid is not produced by the body, and therefore you should constantly replenish the acid stores with food. From products, you should give preference to those that contain folic acid. These are products such as beef liver, green vegetables - broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, Brussels sprouts, legumes, egg yolk, asparagus, oranges, bananas, mangoes, whole grains cereals and bread.
But to know the list of products containing folic acid is small, you still need to know how to maximize it from them. And for this you need to use only fresh products, cook on low heat and do not keep long in water, or even better to eat raw foods.