Role Of Excess Folic Acid In Pregnancy Leading To Autism

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Folic acid is commonly known as vitamin B12 in daily use. Excess of folic acid in the body of the pregnant women has resulted in the birth of children suffering from autism. Though an excess of folic acid is harmful in pregnancy, a moderate level is good too. And at the same time, when a pregnant woman does not get enough folic acid as required during pregnancy, then babies are at a high risk of having the brain and the spinal cord defects. Folic acid is also as important as other supplements are for the growth of the baby in the womb. Thus, it is a big question to decide the level needed to be maintained at the time of pregnancy. During the pregnancy, women are made to take high supplements of vitamins and folic acids so that the baby at the time of birth will be healthy.

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But in recent folic acid is commonly known as vitamin B12 in daily use. Excess of folic acid in the body of the pregnant women has resulted in the birth of children suffering from autism. Though an excess of folic acid is harmful in pregnancy, a moderate level is good too. And at the same time, when a pregnant woman does not get enough folic acid as required during pregnancy, then babies are at a high risk of having the brain and the spinal cord defects. Folic acid is also as important as other supplements are for the growth of the baby in the womb. Thus, it is a big question to decide the level needed to be maintained at the time of pregnancy. During the pregnancy, women are made to take high supplements of vitamins and folic acids so that the baby at the time of birth will be healthy. But in recent researchers says the opposite. Folic acid is found in fruits and vegetables.

Women with the Vitamin B12 at a higher note in the blood during pregnancy have tripled the risk of having autism in their babies according to the researchers. Autism is a condition of neuron disorder. And folic acid at the same time helps in the development of neurons. The lower level will lead to disorder and the high level can lead to autism. So a perfect balance is must to be maintained and should be taken in the early months only.

According to World Health Organization, the pregnant women should maintain 13.5 and 45.3 nano moles in the first trimester of their pregnancy duration. Tough any perfect level is not yet published regarding the amount of folic acid to be taken in pregnancy, but according to researches and findings, it is said that the level of vitamin B12 should not be more than 600 picomoles per liter of blood during the pregnancy time.

 

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