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A 31-year-old female asked:

If my folate blood serum level is high (23 ng/ml), should i take a folate supplement during pregnancy? i read that high folate blood serum levels are linked to greater risk of a child being born with autism. please advise - worried mom-to-be. thanks?

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Dr. Elizabeth Finley-Belgrad
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
every woman of child bearing age should be supplementing with activated(5-methyl-folate)-it is actually folate deficiency in pregnant women that can result in neural tube defects in the baby. There are some variants of the MTHFR gene that can lead to inefficient activation of folate and result in folic acid inhibiting the activation of folate. Worth getting checked if planning to get pregnant.

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