There are times when I find it really easy to skip meals, particularly breakfast.
If I’m in the flow with my writing or having a lazy morning in bed at the weekend, it’s all too easy for me to ignore my belly’s need for food.
Hours will go by and I’ll suddenly realise that I’m ravenous, and before I know it, I’m shovelling a pile of hot cross buns smothered in butter and jam down my gob instead of the sweet potato fries and poached eggs I had lined up.
And that, ladies, royally screws me for most of the day, because skipping a meal and then loading up on refined carbs means that my blood sugar levels can be as up and down as a whore’s drawers.
You’ve peed on a stick, or possibly ten. Re-read the instructions thirteen times, checked with your partner or best friend, and yes, you are actually pregnant.
So what the hell happens now?
1. Don’t risk taking folic acid.
I’m betting that although every pregnancy app has told you how important folic acid is in preventing neural tube defects, not one of them has told that you may not be able to process it.
Yet at least 25% of the population have a genetic anomaly which prevents them from processing folic acid.
Pretty shocking, right?
Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate (vitamin B9) and at least a quarter of us can’t process it in this unconverted form. So unless you know that you don’t carry the genetic anomaly, you’ll want to take a prenatal which contains the converted form (which we can all process) labelled as folate, 5-mthf, or l-methylfolate. Brands which use the converted form include: Nutri-Advanced, New Chapter and Thorne Pharmaceuticals.
You can read more about the difference between folic acid and folate, and why you might not be able to process folic acid here.
2. Lie about your due date. (more…)