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I came across a message in the social media that pregnant mothers should not take folic acid. It is given for mothers to increase the baby’s weight. Then the doctors will say that the baby is too big to go for normal delivery. They will force to us to do Caesarean delivery. Is this true?

Answer:

Folic acid is an important vitamin. It belongs to vitamin B group. Research studies indicate that insufficient intake of folic acid in the mother’s diet is a key factor in causing some major developmental problems in baby’s brain such as spina bifida (underdeveloped spine) and anencephaly (underdeveloped brain and small head). Research has also shown that adequate amount of folic acid in a pregnant mother can prevent these problems and many other developmental defects. For this purpose, women should start taking this vitamin when they are planning to become pregnant. It could be started as early as 3 months before becoming pregnant.

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