24 Jul Are you taking folic acid long enough?
Did you know that taking folic acid throughout pregnancy, and not just in the first trimester, may have lasting benefits? A study published by the British Psychological Society demonstrated that continued intake of folic acid throughout pregnancy may have physiological benefits for children. Researchers asked parents to answer questions about their children, now seven years old, regarding their child’s personality, levels of resilience, relationships with others, and how they express their emotions. The study found that in children who’s mothers took folic acid throughout their whole pregnancy had increased emotional intelligence and resilience than those who’s mothers took folic acid only in the first trimester.1
Taking folic acid in the first trimester correlates to decreased occurrences of neural tube defects, miscarriages, preeclampsia, placental abruptions, preterm births, and low birth weights.3,4 With continued research providing more benefits from folic acid during pregnancy, it is becoming more important to ensure you are taking a prenatal vitamin with enough folic acid, like PrimaCare™. PrimaCare™ contains Quatrefolic®, a bioavailable form of folate that can be properly metabolized by all women, regardless of genetic predispositions that may impair folate metabolism, making it a smart prenatal choice!2
REFERENCES: 1. British Psychological Society. “Psychological benefits for kids when moms keep taking folic acid: Taking folic acid supplements throughout pregnancy may improve psychological development in children.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 May 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170503213540.htm>. 2. Pietrzik K Lynn Shane B, et al. Folic Acid and L-5-Methyltetrahydrofolate Comparisonof Clinical Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics. Clin Pharmokinet. 2010: 49 (8): 636-5<18. 3. Unfried G, Griesmacher A, Weismueller W, Nagele F, Huber JC, Tempfer CB. The C677T polymorphism of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene and idiopathic recurrent miscarriage. Obstet Gynecol. 2002; 99(4):614-619. 4. Scholl TO, Johnson WG. Folic acid: influence on the outcome of pregnancy. Am J Clin Nutr. 2000; 71(suppl):1295S–303S.