Do you have enough Folic Acid during Pregnancy?
Folic acid is a man made form of folate which is Vitamin B9. Both folate and folic acid has the same benefits, which is to help the body create new cells. Folate plays an important role in the production of red blood cells and help to develop the brain and spinal cord of the fetus, which helps to lower the risk of birth defects. Deficiency in folate can cause spina bifida and anencephaly in newborns and thus folate deficiency is a main concern a mother has during pregnancy. Apart from taking folic acid itself, supplements such as probiotics can be taken to stimulate folate production.
Bifidobacterium which can be found in probiotics is one of the significant beneficial bacteria in the human gut microbiota that is beneficial in regulating folate production. Bifidobacterium produces B vitamins such as folic acid which helps to absorb nutrients.