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what is the role of folic acid in pregnancy

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
16 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Prevent defects: Folic acid is a b vitamin. It helps prevent babies from getting neural tube defects (like spina bifida). Ideally it should be started before you sta ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Liawaty Ho
22 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Growth/development: It is essential for the growth and development of the central nervous system as well as the overall baby's development.
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
19 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Our diet lacks folic acid. When your body is lacking this nutrient there is a higher chance of developing a neural tube defect within the embrio. To ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Doina Marina
52 years experience Anti-Aging Medicine
You decide.: Rda (recommended daily allowance) for Folic Acid during pregnancy is at present 600 micrograms (mcg). However, an old U.S. Public service guideline ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Erin Alward
16 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Nutritional aid: Prenatal vitamins contain the recommended daily vitamins and minerals that you will need during the pregnancy. These vitamins and minerals could also ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ekizian
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Cell division: Adequate folate (folic acid) is essential for cell division, due to its role in the synthesis of nucleic and certain amino acids. Folate (folic acid) ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ron Eaker
Dr. Ron Eaker answered
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Many: It's primary function is to act as a go between with your system and the baby's. It can filter out bad stuff and let good stuff (nutrients) in. It al ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fox
33 years experience Fertility Medicine
400 ug: This is the minimum dosing for routine pregnancy without any other circumstances that might require more such as elevated homocysteine, twins, or hist ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kerry Friesen
29 years experience Preventive Medicine
Folic acid health: Folic acid is naturally found in green leafy vegetables "foliage." in women Folic Acid helps prevent neural tube defects and in everyone is responsibl ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Often helps: Research shows that pyridoxine (vitamin b6) often relieves morning sickness. Nothing works for everyone but it is safe and reasonable to try- usually ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: There may be no real safety issues and the kidney excretes what the body cannot use. Imo, it is unnecessary to take doses above 2 mg daily.
A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Any : They are all the same so just find one you like. Take at least 1 mg per day.
A 40-year-old male asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Inhibits AGE's: Benfotiamine is a synthetic fat-soluble derivative of vit b1 (thiamine) that prevents formation of advanced glycation end-products (age's), which are ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jose Rodriguez
22 years experience Family Medicine
Neural tube defects: When pregnant women take frolic acid it is to prevent problems like spina bifida in the newborn.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nicole Bressler
8 years experience Emergency Medicine
Prevent Spina Bifida: Folic acid is extremely important during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida, a condition in which the spinal vertebrae do not close properly and the sp ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Clarence Grim
56 years experience Endocrinology
Protein test: The acid precipitates out the protein if protein high enough.
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
25 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
5-25 %: Depending on how the studies have defined depression (major versus minor, etc.) and whether postpartum depression has been included in that definition ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Mintz
66 years experience Geriatrics
Many causes: Just a few common ones- por eating habits, lack of enzymes to help break down protein during absorption, certain meds (proton pump=priloseccut down on ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Juan Richiusa
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Glucose control: During pregnancy mothers have a physiologic adjustment and become Insulin resistant. This is for fetal exchange of nutrients.
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
25 years experience Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Class C drug: Teratogenic effects were not observed in animal studies; embryotoxic events were observed in some studies. It crosses the placenta; may cause respirat ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sandra Pinkham
52 years experience Holistic Medicine
Look at ingredients: Avoid artificial colors. The best one is one that agrees with you, it is best to start a prenatal before getting pregnant.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Susan Rhoads
37 years experience Family Medicine
Not made by humans.: Humans do not make ellagic acid. It is found in some fruits and nuts. It's benefit to humans has not be proven in large well-designed studies. It has ... Read More
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Safford
34 years experience Critical Care
Lactic acidosis: Lactic acid is an end product of "anerobic metabolism". Normally cells use oxygen as a substrate for metabolism however if there is not enough oxygen ... Read More

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