The B vitamin Folic Acid has been touted as the most important vitamin for the proper development of a baby in pregnancy. This is especially true for the first few weeks of pregnancy when the spinal column is developing. Research shows that folic acid plays a critical role in preventing the neural tube defect, spina bifida. It is considered so important, that the March of Dimes has an entire campaign focused on educating the public about the importance of women in their childbearing years, getting the right amount of this vitamin daily.
What if your body has a genetic defect that makes it extremely difficult for your body to utilize folic acid properly, though? And how would you even know? For 1 in 4 people this is a serious reality and if left undiagnosed, may lead to a variety of pregnancy-related issues including difficulties conceiving, unexplained infertility, elevated homocysteine levels, recurrent miscarriages, a child with Down Syndrome, development of Autism, preeclampsia, postpartum depression, or even the development of chronic depression.