Today in my developmental psychology class,we talked about prenatal development. I love learning about developmental psychology in prenatal stages, and infant through adolescence stages. I love to know why babies and children think they way they think, what their thinking is caused by, why they do certain things, how they develop in different stages through their life, how environment, parenting styles, and nutrition play a roll in their lives, and basically anything to do with infants and children. It’s something I’m passionate about it. To learn about it everyday, to be challenged by it and to see it in kids is something I yearn for.
Today in class, during the lecture on prenatal development, the professor mentioned the role that folic acid plays in neural tube defects (NTD).
He briefly mentioned it. This is the part where I took a stance on my soap box and began to talk..
The relationship between folic acid and NTD is very interesting to me. I only learned about it last year when I chose to use it as a topic for a paper/presentation I did. Please, if you’re a women, listen to what I have to say in the following paragraphs.
If you decide to stop here, I’ll say just this: If you are a women of child bearing age and are having sex, you should be taking a folic acid supplement. Plain and simple. Even if becoming pregnant now is not in your so called perfect plan, you need to be taking it. I’ll explain why.
Folic acid is a Vitamin that belongs in the B complex group. It plays an essential role in cell division. Folic acid helps in preventing NTD and spinia bifida by up to 70%. SEVENTY PERCENT. That’s huge. Neural tube defects occur 20 – 28 days after conception, which is before women even know they are pregnant. This is why it’s so important to take the supplements BEFORE you try to, or end up becoming pregnant. More than 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned. If you become pregnant and you haven’t been taking the folic acid supplements, by the time you find out you’re pregnant, it will most likely be too late to prevent NTD.
Seriously ladies, if you have the ability by any means to get pregnant, take a prenatal vitamin now, or just the folic acid supplements, however you wish.
I got off my soap box. The professor said to the class while pointing at me, “If you take anything away from this class, or remember anything, rememberthat. ”
It’s really that important.