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A 35-year-old female asked:

I am 33 weeks pregnant and my routine blood work showed very low levels of vitamin b6 (pyridoxal 5-phosphate: 12.8 nmol/l). vitb12 & folate were within normal range. is this dangerous for my baby?is the result reliable?i havent spoken to my ob yet...

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Dr. PHILLIP KIM
General Practice 15 years experience
No: First of all, vit b6 is not part of the routine pregnancy screening lab and don't know why it was ordered since they don't play a whole lot into pregnancy compared to say folate (folic acid). Though it is however recommended as part of the prenatal vitamins. Otherwise any severe deficiency must be addressed since it is not normal. At 33 weeks your baby had already developed all vital organs.
Dr. Jalal Zuberi
Pediatrics 45 years experience
Probably not: Folate (folic acid) and Vit B12 deficiency is associated with more serious complications likeneural tube defects and spina bifida etc. while B6 is an important vessential vitamin, its effect on pregnancy is not as dramatic and usual prenatal supplement should satisfy its requirement.

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