As you may already know a deficiency in folic acid can cause many health problems in a woman especially if they’re pregnant. But what exactly is folic acid? Folic acid is a type of vitamin B that helps the body make and repair DNA and produce red blood cells. Without enough red blood cells in the body caused by having a folic acid deficiency it can lead to anemia, a condition where your body does not have enough red blood cells. If you’re a pregnant female, a folic acid deficiency can not only lead to health problems for you but also to your growing baby.
Birth defects can happen as early as the first three to four weeks of pregnancy which is why it is extremely important for a woman to have folic acid in their system A folic acid deficiency can cause brain damage and impede the development of the fetus’ spinal cord which can lead to spinal bifida, a condition in which the bones of the spine don’t form properly around the spinal cord. Early prevention is a key factor in preventing a folic acid deficiency especially for women who are of childbearing age.
If you’re bad about taking vitamins then consider an alternative like Bump Water. Bump Water (sponsor of the movie 40 Weeks, which you can read more about here) is an all natural vitamin water supplement drink that is low in sugar and calories and chock full of the necessary prenatal vitamins for women. It’s a great alternative to taking prenatal pills that resemble horse pills in size and can upset your stomach. Even if you’re not planning on being pregnant any time soon, Bump Water can still be ingested since all women need folic acid. Bump Water also contains Vitamin A, D, B6, and B12, Niacin, Biotin, Zinc, and Magnesium which are essential vitamins for a healthy body.
‘Fifty percent of my patients can’t stomach prenatal vitamins and Bump Water would be an easy solution for them to get the folic acid and other vitamins they need,’ says Dr. Samantha Feder, director of ambulatory obstetrics and gynecology at Roosevelt Hospital in New York. ‘For those who can, it’s another refreshing way to supplement their diet. I would definitely recommend it.’
As January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month (and of course full of New Year’s resolutions) this is the perfect time to start looking more closely at your diet and making changes to it to live healthier not only for yourself but future children you may be considering. Bump Water comes in one sparkling lite flavor (Cranberry Ginger), one sparkling flavor (Lemonade) one lite flavor (Pomegranate Mixed Berry) and regular (Strawberry Lemonade).
Bump Water can be purchased online at http://bumpwater.com/ on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com or at Diapers.com. The bottles come in a package of 12 bottles of each individual flavor (no assortment pack available) and have a price tag of $28.99 for all 12. To learn more about Bump Water visit their site by clicking here.