I learned that half of all pregnancies are unplanned, and that’s the reason why it’s very important for every woman of childbearing age to get enough folate in supplement form, such as folic acid. This can prevent birth defects that may occur before a woman even knows she’s pregnant. It’s been noted that as folic acid intake has become prevalent, serious brain and spinal cord defects, have declined.
The room for improvement is that, if all women of childbearing age took 400 micrograms of folic acid daily on top of eating a folate-rich diet, neural tube(defects in human embryo) defects can be prevented. So ladies, take your leafy green, beans and chickpeas. It pays to be ready and ensure you have a healthy pregnancy.