Despite two pregnancies, I’ve never quite gotten my head around the need for nutritional supplements. What is folic acid anyway and if it’s so important, how come I have never heard of it?It’s also recommended that you start taking it before pregnancy, and I mean, unless you are really, really trying and actually visit a doctor during that period, how are you to know?
I doubt my mother took any. But then again she was told to have a glass of wine now and then to calm her nerves. Lucky for me, she had never been a big drinker. Second-hand smoke, however, was rampant.
But I digress. The difference between then and now is for another blog.
Apart from folic acid one of the other things I had to start on was iron tablets. Like many women from the subcontinent, I was iron-deficient. When I picked up my little maroon pills from the pharmacy, I didn’t think much of it, although I did remember that the pharmacists stressed that I drink one or two glasses of water every time I took one.