If according to a British study taking folic acid during pregnancy reduces the likelihood of giving birth to underweight babies, a Spanish research shows that too high doses of folic acid have a negative effect on the development of psychomotor skills of the child in the first year of age. Let’s talk about folic acid in pregnancy.
Folic acid , have long been recommended in pregnancy to reduce the risk of congenital malformations in the fetus to develop, has another effect not least: it does lower the chances of giving birth to underweight babies , a condition associated with an increase in neonatal mortality and chronic diseases in later life, such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes and mental health problems.
The relative novelty folic acid emerges from a study conducted at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals and published in the journal “An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology”. The research, coordinated by Victoria Hodgetts, examined 108 thousand British women with a mean age of 28.7 years, normal build, first-time mothers in 42% of cases and 82% for non-smokers. According to the results, the proportion of infants who had a birth weight below the tenth percentile (IE the one recorded in 10% of infants) was 13.8% among women who took folic acid during pregnancy, as she climbed to 16 , 3% among those who had used it. If flat had been hired before conception, then, the percentage of underweight tenth percentile down to 9.9%.
In contrast, however, if during pregnancy folic acid is taken in doses that are too high (over 0.5 mg, compared to 0.4 recommended normally), according to a Spanish study published in the journal Pediatrics Jama and also reported to the site Italian Agency of the drug, there is a risk of negative consequences on the development of psychomotor skills of the child in the first year of age.
Research has found that children a year born to mothers who had taken folic acid in pregnancy in doses higher than those recommended had lower scores on the scale psychomotor. “It is the first time – the researchers comment that emerges harmful effects from taking folic acid during pregnancy in doses that are too high. They will be carried out further studies to confirm these results. ”