Trying to Have a Baby?
Start with folic acid
It’s in leafy dark-green vegetables and added to breakfast cereals. So why aren’t women getting enough of this elusive B-9 vitamin in the form of folate?
Women, especially those of childbearing age, need 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid each day. It does great things for your skin, hair and nails. And research shows taking folic acid before getting pregnant and in early pregnancy significantly lowers your baby’s risk for major birth defects.
Unfortunately, each year 3,000 pregnancies are affected by neural tube defects like spina bifida or anencephaly.
Acquiring folic acid through diet alone can be challenging. That’s why most multivitamins sold in the US provide the amount of folic acid women need each day.
For some, pregnancy is nine months of wondering: “What’s happening to my body?” “Did the baby kick or was that gas?” “What about delivery?”
Now there’s an app for that!
CHI Health Clinic has introduced the “My Baby’s Journey” app to guide patients through their pregnancy week by week. Just download the free app from Google Play or the App Store to answer common questions, track fetal movement and contractions, and more. You can even take and store “baby bump” photos.