Pregnancy constitutes one of the unique experiences that a woman’s body undergoes drastic changes necessitating her to observe keenly own dietary intake based on one’s stage and body condition. This is to ensure she does not lack varied and essential nutritional components and result to compromising not only her health but also risk the life she is carrying. This is quite evident with the increased energy levels among expecting women intended to to not only support their respective ample gestational weight gain but also ensure they are healthy (Butte, Wong, Treuth, Ellis & Smith 1079). However, the extent of energy requirements varies across individuals based one’s BMR, which throughout pregnancy continues to augment but not at differing extents among the females. Extent of energy requirements also varies with physical activities one engages herself while still pregnant, which is the reason they normally end up feeling exhausted after a slight straining like walking.

Similarly, protein intake during this time is also extremely critical due to its role in aiding growth as well as refurbish of fetal tissue, support placenta growth, breasts, uterus and one’s blood capacity (Grosvenor & Lori 170). For instance, during one’s gestational period, she requires extra protein of approximately 1,000 g whereby fetus, placenta along with uterine take each 500g and the rest goes to augmenting blood capacity besides other body parts exponentially demanding more protein ingestion (Klossner 125).

Why is low folate intake of particular concern for women of childbearing age?

Due to these pregnancy drastic changes, experts have ended up encouraging females to take the right amounts including those at childbearing age to increase folate ingestion to shun neural tube abnormalities, which has been a great concern among this category (Borgelt 506).