The main fear of future parents is that of
fetal malformations. Control ultrasounds are always
lived with anxiety, because they could reveal something that
wrong, a defect, a problem, a malfunction of the
little body that is growing inside the womb.
A practice that can greatly reduce the occurrence of
malformations of the neural tube and nervous system
(spine and brain) is the daily intake of
folic acid / pholine / vitamin b 9.
Folina is the form naturally present in food;
folic acid is the oxidized form that is assumed in the form
of tablet / capsule or addition to so-called food
The malformations that are prevented by taking
folina / folic acid, are serious, disabling, compromising
the life of the fetus and the unborn child, I am spina bifida,
anenecephaly, encephalocele. Spina bifida, the least severe
of the three, he presents paintings that are completely compatible with a life
normal, but also pictures with impaired appearance
cognitive and neuromotor. The Italian legislation on abortion
therapeutic, in fact, allows, in these cases, to interrupt the
pregnancy by the sixth month.
According to some studies, the intake of folina / folic acid
it would be appropriate in women, from the beginning of the fertile period,
with daily intake of folic acid, at the dosage of
400mcg per day, and with a balanced diet that allows
the intake of folina through foods, such as dried fruit,
brewer’s yeast, citrus fruits, bananas, strawberries, legumes, cereals
integral. Information campaigns carried out in some countries for this purpose
by no means have not achieved the desired results.
Currently the official position is to advise
expectant mothers to start taking the tablet
of folic acid (they are commercially available at the dosage from
400 mcg) from one month before the schedule of
pregnancy, and throughout the first trimester of
pregnancy. This in addition to preventing the malformations mentioned,
it also contributes to the proper functioning of the bone marrow,
the blood cell factory, which in the first three months of
growth of the fetus, begins to form.
For some years there have been “fortified” foods on the market
with folic acid, such as snakes, and cereal products, in
consideration of the fact that the food industry has understood
the importance of folic acid prevention.
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