Are you pregnant? Make sure you read our Pregnacare A-Z Guide of Pregnancy and Nutrition, covering everything important for parents-to-be. Next, we take a look at the letter N during pregnancy
Our Pregnacare A-Z is a series of posts, one for each letter of the alphabet, designed to help you understand your nutritional needs, how they change and the best foods to choose during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
This A to Z answers many of the important questions mums-to-be have about pregnancy and nutrition. It covers everything from antenatal care through to water intake, via pregnancy vitamin supplements.
You can download the full version of the guide in PDF format here.
If you have any further questions, make sure you ask your midwife or GP.
Pregnacare A-Z Of Pregnancy And Nutrition – What Does The Letter N Stand For?
Neural Tube Defects
What Is A Neural Tube Defect And How Can I Help To Prevent Them?
The neural tube forms the baby’s brain and spinal cord in the first 28 days of pregnancy. Insufficient folic acid can cause the neural tube not to develop properly, and may cause neural tube defects such as spina bifida.
The UK Department of Health recommends all pregnant women and women trying for a baby take 400µg folic acid every day. Not having enough folic acid in your body before and during pregnancy can cause neural tube defects.
You should also try to eat foods that contain folate (the natural form of folic acid), such as broccoli, spinach and chickpeas.
Make sure you also check out the rest of our Pregnacare A-Z Guide to Pregnancy and Nutrition:
While every attempt has been made to ensure that the information contained in this guide is accurate and reliable, this is intended as a guide only and not a substitute for advice from a health professional. Please note: Vitabiotics cannot guarantee the reliability of facts obtained from other third party information sources. Information correct at time of being published (May 2020)