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i am pregnant and have a mthfr gene mutation and i recently read that folic acid is not good for me or the baby and i should take folate instead?

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Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Folic acid is folate (folic acid): Folic acid and folate are the same compound. Follow your gynecologists and hematologists recommendations. Folate is often prescribed during pregnancy in the field of psychiatry and neurology when patients are on anticonvulsants. I too have the same mutation that you have and i take folate every day. I have also been advised to take vitamin b6 and vitamin b 12 because of this. Your child should also be tested for this mutation and anyone else in your family.Best wishes.
Answered on Nov 26, 2017
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Thanks for the info. See my response to your answer.
Nov 17, 2013
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Folic acid is the oxidized, synthetic form of folate -- a term for naturally-occurring B vitamins (B9) found in leafy green vegetables. They ARE NOT the same thing. For people with MTHFR mutations, too much folic acid may actually be harmful since they cannot process it to active folate. For women with MTHFR polymorphisms who are pregnant, methylfolate is better. http://tinyurl.com/ploa7sh
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