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A 26-year-old female asked:

Before i conceived, my folic acid lab result number was 23.4 ng/ml (expected range = >5.0). what is an optimum number now that i'm pregnant? thanks.

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Dr. Sandra Pinkham
55 years experience
Take1 mg folic acid: The studies that show Folic Acid prevents birth defects are based on ingestion of sufficient Folic Acid , not blood levels of folic acid. Some people don't metabolize Folic Acid to methyl folate efficiently. Taking methyl folate can be helpful for those individuals. An elevated homocysteine can be an indicator of a need for methyl donors like methyl cobalamine ( a special b-12) and methyl folate.
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