It’s All In The Genes
It all starts off with 400 million swimmers moving together and usually only one succeeding in reaching the wall. There are certain obstacles encountered decreasing chances for the win. One are kamikaze swimmer killers that sacrifice themselves to take a fellow swimmer down. Another type of defensive swimmer is a blocker. Just like a goalie in soccer, it keeps other swimmers from reaching the wall.
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There are also faster and better kickers that put the other millions to shame. Another challenge is taking the correct turn into one occupied fallopian tube with that waiting egg. Whats behind door number one means there is nothing behind door number two. All this makes your chances of becoming a living being a very rare event. Your presence is nothing short of a miracle. When that “perfect” sperm hits the egg cell wall the process of genetic entanglement and reproduction explode. That little ball turns into a fetus.
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More Chances To Win Than For Your Life To Begin
Statistics say that you have 1 chance in 175,000,000 of winning the MegaMillions lottery. You know what your chances were of ever getting born? One chance in 10 to the 100th which is 10 followed by 100 zeros, called a googol. It is what the search engine Google was named after altering a couple of letters.
But where do we go from here with regards to nutritional assistance to fetal development and the future mom? Sometimes a pregnancy is unplanned (about 50%), so a majority of fertile women should be taking a nutritional supplement every day containing 400 mcg of folic acid. You should consult your health care professional, especially if you would like to get a prescription-strength prenatal supplement.
Folic Acid Is Part Of The B-Complex Family
Folate or folic acid (one of the B vitamins) prevents neural tube defects. These defects cause deformities of the brain and spinal cord. Other problems with a deficiency of folic acid would be preterm delivery and lower than average birth weight.
The FDA (Food And Drug Administration) started requiring folic acid fortification in 1998. This ruling required folic acid additions to cereals, breads, rice, pastas, flours, corn meals and some other grains. Neural tube defects have dropped by 25% in the U.S. since the start of the fortification. It has been a very successful nutritional program.
This is my lowdown on the important nutrient, folic acid. Pregnant women need 600 mcg of folic acid daily. Folic acid is available over the counter in a supplement up to 800 mcg per pill. Above that amount requires a prescription from a physician. Prescription prenatal vitamins usually have 1,000 mcg (1 mg) of folic acid per dose. You can’t trust over the counter prenatal vitamins to contain what they say on the label. There is no regulation of these manufacturers. Prescription products have some advantages verses over the counter prenatal supplements. It may be covered under your prescription plan. There is more of a chance of getting what you see on the label in the pill or capsule. There is also a better shot of being more bioavailable in comparison to what is available without a prescription. That is, once you ingest the prescription supplement it fully dissolves and your body absorbs what it needs from the preparation. If the supplement is not bioavailable it may go right out into your feces and never get absorbed by your body.
Besides folic acid, there is a sprinkling of other one-a-day vitamins and minerals in the preparation. Two other important nutritional components usually found in the supplement are iron and calcium.
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Iron is needed at about 30 mg per day.
Better To Get As Much As Possible From Foods
Calcium requirements range from 1,200-1,500 mg per day with the best type of calcium being calcium carbonate. There will be probably be some calcium in the supplement but most of your needs are better off met by diet.
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It is a miracle of life for fertilization to occur triggering implantation of the embryo in the endometrium. This requires multitudes of different nutrients supplied by the mother. It is essential that the basic nutritional needs are in place months before this scenario plays out for the couple. This lowers the risks of any fetal abnormalities and ultimately a healthy child.