A good supply of micronutrients is essential for the optimum development of your baby. Although your calorie requirement increases only moderately, the need for vitamins, minerals and trace elements rises enormously.
You can easily cover the increased nutrient requirements through your diet. However, this is not the case with two of the most important micronutrients: Folic acid and iodine
The “pregnancy vitamin” folic acid (vitamin B9) is an essential vitamin particularly during this time, as it is indispensable in all cell division and cell growth processes as well as for the growth of maternal tissue.
Furthermore, folic acid has other advantages. It supports the immune system, regulates the level of homocysteine in the blood (homocysteine is a harmful amino acid which is “disposed of” with the aid of folic acid and vitamin B12), and has the positive side effect of reducing tiredness! Folic acid is thus beneficial to you and your baby in many ways.
To ensure that you have an optimum supply of folic acid at the start of pregnancy, you should begin taking a folic acid dietary supplement as soon as you are planning to conceive.
By the way, women who take hormonal contraceptives such as “the pill” (which rob the body of folic acid!) and even athletes likewise have an especially high folic acid requirement.
Occurrence: Folic acid is found particularly in green salads, broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts, kale, pulses, tomatoes, oranges, wheat germs, yeast, eggs and nuts. When preparing these foods, however, this light- and heat-sensitive vitamin is largely destroyed.
The increased folic acid requirement when planning to conceive as well as during pregnancy and the breastfeeding period should be covered through the targeted intake of appropriately dosed folic acid supplements.
Studies have verified that an adequately high folic acid status forms the ideal basis for cell division, cell growth and thus for the development of your child.
It is important to generate this basis early on. This is because folic acid is urgently needed as early as the first four weeks of pregnancy for the normal closure of the neural tube – a precursor to the spinal cord, nervous system and the brain. This is why you should begin with a supplementary intake of folic acid as soon as you start considering having a baby.
Experts recommend a folic acid intake of 800 micrograms per day from the moment you begin planning a family and up until the end of the 12th week of pregnancy. This amount of folic acid is contained in one tablet of Folio®forte.
From the 13th week of pregnancy and during the breastfeeding period, the daily requirement is covered with 400 micrograms of folic acid – as contained in Folio®.
Tip: Women who should not take additional iodine for medical reasons may use Folio®forte iodine-free containing 800 micrograms of folic acid and vitamin B12, or Folio®iodine-free containing 400 micrograms of folic acid and vitamin B12.