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Why do we need to take more of folic acid during pregnancy?

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  1. Dr Suman Rao on Apr 16, 2013 Reply

    Folic acid is needed in the 1st trimester of pregnancy when the basic neural system is formed. Any follic acid deficiency specially in the first 28 days will cause neural tube defects,like anencephaly (severe underdeveloped brain),encephalocoele(brain protrusion through base of skull), or spina bifida(incomplete closure of spinal cord).So one needs to take extra folic acid tablets while planning a pregnancy itself since the first few crucial days go without one realizing she is pregnant.

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