Pregnant women must take folic acid and this?

Today (October 10) is Mother’s Day. It is a legal anniversary established to overcome the low fertility rate through positive awareness of pregnancy and childbirth and to create a social atmosphere that considers and protects pregnant women.

Currently, in Korea, as the marriage age is gradually delayed, the infertility rate is increasing year by year. Under these circumstances, the health of pregnant women and the health of babies is more important than ever.

Folic acid, iron, calcium, lactic acid bacteria, omega 3, and vitamin D are among the nutrients that a pregnant woman must take for a healthy pregnancy and childbirth in order to maintain a healthy life for the baby in the womb.

Among them, folic acid and vitamin D are ‘unique vitamins’ that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized (FDA-approved health claims or qualified health claims) based on scientific evidence, and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) ) are the ‘two vitamins’ that pregnant women must take. A lack of folic acid during pregnancy can cause congenital malformations such as anencephaly and spina bifida, and vitamin D deficiency can cause rickets. Vitamin D is beneficial not only for the baby in the womb, but also for the health of the mother. It is said to be an essential nutrient for women.

In October 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognized the new structure/function claim of vitamin D and approved the labeling of vitamin D products with the following functional expressions:

“Pregnant women with high vitamin D levels have a reduced risk of premature birth. Adding a vitamin D3 supplement to a healthy diet can increase vitamin D levels. Experts can measure your vitamin D levels to determine the right vitamin D3 dosage for you(Pregnant women who have higher serum vitamin D levels have a decreased risk of preterm birth. Adding a vitamin D3 supplement to a healthy diet can help increase serum vitamin D levels. Your healthcare practitioner can measure serum vitamin D levels and determine appropriate dosage of vitamin D3 for you).”

The new functional recognition of vitamin D is the result of a petition to the FDA by Grassroots Health, a group of vitamin D experts, and the Organic & Natural Health Association in 2018 with the following clinical trial contents.

In the United States, 384,000 babies are born prematurely each year. It costs $50,000 to care for one premature baby. However, if the vitamin D level of pregnant women is maintained at 40-60 ng/ml, 192,000 premature babies can be prevented, which can save $9.6 billion (about 10 trillion won) annually.

In addition, it was petitioned that the following health effects could be obtained if the mother maintained her vitamin D level at 40-60 ng/ml during pregnancy.

pregnant women A 59% decrease in the fertility rate of premature babies ② a 60% decrease in the fertility rate of twins prematurely ③ a 80% decrease in the fertility rate for pregnant women if they have had preterm births ④ A decrease in gestational diabetes, bacterial vaginosis, and postpartum depression ⑤ A decrease in pre-eclampsia.

the newborn Cold 70% reduced ② Otitis media reduced by 60% ③ Lung inflation decreased by 62% ④ Low birth weight decreased ⑤ (After growth) Type 1 diabetes incidence decreased.

Local public health centers in Korea are already providing medical expenses support for high-risk pregnant women and premature infants (including free folic acid supply). is suggesting to

However, a more cost-effective method than any other support is to provide vitamin D to pregnant women to maintain the health of the mother as well as the healthy newborn.

The British government is already giving pregnant women free vitamin D along with folic acid. In Korea, over two years ago, local public health centers such as Dongducheon, Suncheon, and Yeosu started providing free vitamin D products or free vitamin D tests to mothers. It is hoped that such attempts by local governments will be expanded nationwide and that policy decisions will be made at the pan-central government level.

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