Folate (synthetic: Folic Acid) is a powerful B-vitamin that prevents Neural Tube Defects (NTD) in babies when sufficiently taken in the pre-pregnant and ante-natal stages. NTDs are birth defects that affect the formation and development of the brain and spinal cord. These may cause permanent physical and mental disabilities and even death or still birth in babies, depending on the type and severity.
A Quick Look at NTDs:
Spina Bifida – a part/parts of the spinal cord protrude through a gap in the backbone.
- Meningocele – a fluid-filled bulge under the skin along the backbone.
- Meningomyelocele – part of the spinal cord itself is herniated through the backbone gap.
Encephalocele – a hernia of a part of the brain though a skull defect.
Anencephaly – a part/parts of the brain and skull are missing.
Dietary Sources of Folate:
Legumes – beans, peas, and lentils.
Green and Dark Green Vegetables – spinach. malunggay, Romaine lettuce, broccoli, asparagus, okra, Brussels sprout, etc.
Citrus and Other Fruits – orange, ponkan, papaya, grapefruit, avocado, strawberries, cantaloupe.
Seeds and Nuts – peanuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds.
How I Get My Folate Fix:
Maternity milk – Anmum Materna, 2 glasses a day (approx. 340 mcg per glass)
Pre-natal vitamins – Sangobion Pre-natal FA, 1 capsule a day (1.5 mg per capsule)
Citrus fruits – one orange or ponkan, or 1 cup of grapefruit a day
Legumes and leafy greens – at least 1 cup of lentils or kidney beans and 1 cup of green veggies a day
Hard-boiled eggs – at least 1 egg a day
Fortified cereals – at least 1 cup a day
Almost 16 weeks, according to my OB and my pregnancy mobile app. 4 months pregnant, 1 month unemployed. That’s the present statistics.
I already spent almost two weeks browsing the internet for jobs that may suit me and even emailed a few to inquire about their posts and vacancies–none had replied yet. I was also hoping for and waiting on the “job slot” my former manager promised me before the separation from our previous company; however, my slot was marked as “declined” without me even knowing (someone just recently informed me). Oh well, maybe they find their friends more convenient than a casual workmate (this is just a hunch, ok?).
Then again, I’m totally back to zero. The initial plans I made have to be tossed away and I’ll have to come up and proceed with alternate plans. I’m a registered nurse, really, but I’m just not into Nursing right now. I want to work on a flexible schedule, i.e., to work at my own pace and in my own time, with my laptop alone. 🙂
Bossy and lazy, eh? Come on, I’m only pregnant for several months. Can’t I enjoy and laze around like any normal and happy preggo?
I just sleep, eat, watch movies, eat, nap, browse for jobs, sometimes go out on dates with my partner, eat, walk for a while, shop, eat, and so on. Gosh, how my life makes me so hungry right now! And my savings are running low, very low. (*Sighs and eats a bowl of fruit salad.)