fbpx

What is Folic Acid? Why is it So Important?

August 19, 2013

Having a healthy baby means keeping yourself healthy, too. Getting enough folic acid before and during the early stages of pregnancy can help prevent serious birth defects to your baby.

Folic acid (or folate) is a B vitamin found in leafy greens like spinach and kale, lentils, broccoli, and more. Getting enough folic acid before and during early pregnancy may help reduce the risk for neural tube birth defects (birth defects involving the development of the baby’s brain and spinal cord) like spina bifida and anencephaly.

These birth defects occur within the first month of pregnancy, often before a woman even knows she is pregnant. This is why all women of childbearing age—whether or not you’re planning on getting pregnant—should focus on getting the right amount of folic acid.

Every cell in your body requires folic acid, also known as vitamin B9, to grow and develop normally. Though we don’t know the exactly how folic acid works to prevent neural tube birth defects, we know it plays an important role in tissue formation. The vitamin is also required for the formation of DNA, which our bodies need for the rapid cell growth that occurs early in pregnancy when the baby’s organs are forming.

While folic acid does occur naturally in many of the foods we eat, most women don’t eat enough of these foods to get the daily-recommended amount prescribed by our doctors.

Prenate® is a line of pre- and post-natal folic acid vitamins designed to keep both baby and mother healthy including Prenate® DHA, Prenate® Elite, Prenate® Essential, and Prenate® Mini.

Each type of Prenate® folic acid vitamin features the revolutionary Quatrefolic®, an active form of folate that helps protect your baby even if you have difficulty breaking down folic acid normally.

For more information about Prenate® and other pregnancy resources, visit our website at www.PrenatePerl.com. There, you’ll find animations, illustrations, and articles about pregnancy and post-natal care, but also coupons for a discount on Prenate’s® prenatal vitamins.

 

Connect with Prenate®

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

WARNING: Ingestion of more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (such as DHA) per day has been shown to have potential antithrombotic effects, including an increased bleeding time and International Normalized Ratio (INR). Administration of omega-3 fatty acids should be avoided in patients taking anticoagulants and in those known to have an inherited or acquired predisposition to bleeding.

This site and its contents are an information resource only, and are neither intended to nor should be used in replacement of your doctor or other prescribing professional’s medical guidance, recommendations or advice. Neither this site nor its information should be used or relied upon for any diagnostic, medical, treatment, nutritional or other purpose. All aspects of pregnancy, including whether pregnancy is right for you, and the nourishment and care of your child, should be made with your doctor and other appropriate medical professional, and in consideration of your and your child’s particular medical history. Avion Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Avion”) makes no representation, warranty or other undertaking that this site or its information are appropriate for you or your child’s specific needs or issues, and further expressly disclaims all damages, losses, injuries or liability whatsoever incurred or alleged to have been incurred in consequence of your reliance on the information on this site. Avion does not endorse any test, procedure, treatment, remedy, therapy, cure, nutritional regimen, method or other activity or undertaking that you and/or your doctor or other medical professional may elect or recommend. By visiting this site you agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that you have read and understand the same. These terms and conditions, together with any information on this site, may be amended, restated or otherwise changed from time to time and at any time by Avion within the sole, absolute and uncontrolled exercise of its discretion. You acknowledge and agree that Avion has no duty or obligation to keep you informed of any amendments to, restatements of or other changes to these terms and conditions or this site, and that you are solely and exclusively responsible for apprising yourself of the same.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

WARNING: Accidental overdose of iron-containing products is a leading cause of fatal poisoning in children under 6. Keep this product out of reach of children. In case of accidental overdose, call a doctor or poison control center immediately.

WARNING: Ingestion of more than 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids (such as DHA) per day has been shown to have potential antithrombotic effects, including an increased bleeding time and International Normalized Ratio (INR). Administration of omega-3 fatty acids should be avoided in patients taking anticoagulants and in those known to have an inherited or acquired predisposition to bleeding.

This site and its contents are an information resource only, and are neither intended to nor should be used in replacement of your doctor or other prescribing professional’s medical guidance, recommendations or advice. Neither this site nor its information should be used or relied upon for any diagnostic, medical, treatment, nutritional or other purpose. All aspects of pregnancy, including whether pregnancy is right for you, and the nourishment and care of your child, should be made with your doctor and other appropriate medical professional, and in consideration of your and your child’s particular medical history. Avion Pharmaceuticals, LLC (“Avion”) makes no representation, warranty or other undertaking that this site or its information are appropriate for you or your child’s specific needs or issues, and further expressly disclaims all damages, losses, injuries or liability whatsoever incurred or alleged to have been incurred in consequence of your reliance on the information on this site. Avion does not endorse any test, procedure, treatment, remedy, therapy, cure, nutritional regimen, method or other activity or undertaking that you and/or your doctor or other medical professional may elect or recommend. By visiting this site you agree to these terms and conditions and acknowledge that you have read and understand the same. These terms and conditions, together with any information on this site, may be amended, restated or otherwise changed from time to time and at any time by Avion within the sole, absolute and uncontrolled exercise of its discretion. You acknowledge and agree that Avion has no duty or obligation to keep you informed of any amendments to, restatements of or other changes to these terms and conditions or this site, and that you are solely and exclusively responsible for apprising yourself of the same.

Pin It on Pinterest