Folic acid is particularly important during pregnancy and the breastfeeding period, as it is indispensable in all cell division and cell growth processes as well as for the growth of maternal tissue.
The vitamin should thus be present in the body in adequate amounts right from the start of pregnancy in order ensure complete closure of the embryonic neural tube. Later, the central nervous system, the spinal cord and the brain will develop from this neural tube.
This process takes place as early as between day 23 and 25 of the pregnancy ‒ that is, at a time when most women are still unaware that they are pregnant.
You should therefore begin supplementing your diet with additional folic acid as soon as you plan to conceive!
By the way, a good folic acid supply also benefits you in other ways. Folic acid plays a crucial role in ensuring that the immune system can carry out its tasks. It also reduces tiredness and ensures a low level of homocysteine in the blood. (homocysteine = harmful amino acid which, with the help of folic acid and vitamin B12, is converted into other useful amino acids.)
It is also important to ensure an adequate supply of vitamin B12, as without this folic acid cannot fulfil its tasks. Vitamin B12 is only present in foodstuffs of animal origin. Anyone who does not eat much meat should supplement their diet with this vitamin.
Many people have a vitamin D3 deficiency. However, for the development of your child, an adequate supply is highly important. This vitamin supports the development of the skeletal and immune system as well as the development of muscle function. An adequate supply of vitamin D3 also reduces the risks of various complications during pregnancy. Besides this, studies have also shown that the allergy rate among children is lower if their mothers had sufficient levels of vitamin D during pregnancy.
Besides these vitamins, it is also extremely important to ensure an adequate intake of the mineral nutrient iodine . Iodine is an elementary component of the thyroid hormones, which are responsible for the development of organs, the nervous system as well as the skeletal and muscular system. Last but not least, they also make a decisive contribution to intellectual development.
In case you are unable to take additional iodine for medical reasons, you can use Folio®forte iodine-free.