I love wine. From smell to texture to taste and after taste and pairings. It’s one of the loves of my life. It’s one of the things I absolutely hated to give up to get pregnant. Sad, I know. 1 glass every month probably won’t hurt but it doesn’t help either. Everyone knows to get pregnant and to increase chances of getting pregnant, you should take folic acid. Here are the facts:
- The “older” you are, the more your folic acid depletes in your body. This means the more you should take.
- You absorb 50% less folic acid through food than through supplements. In other words, you actually more efficiently absorb folic acid supplements than through food. Imagine that!
- If you’re diabetic, you need ten times more folic acid!!!
- If you eat more folic acid, it won’t be toxic, it’ll be just excreted through your urine so it won’t hurt to eat more.
Here’s the scary part. Alcohol prevents your body from absorbing folic acid!!! Even if you’re eating healthy greens and taking supplement, you might be negating the effect by having that enjoyable wine or liquor. Very sad but true. All you out there that WANT to be pregnant, skip that glass for now. Enjoy it when you have your baby next to you! Even though I LOVE LOVE LOVE (did I mention LOVE) wine, I love my baby more and it’s all worth it at the end of the day. I promise!