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Folic Acid (Definition)

Folic acid, AKA folate (folic acid) (vit B9), is recommended for all women wanting to get pregnant -- 0.4mg (400mcg) daily, which is important for preventing birth defects like spina bifida. Women w/ a hx these disorders should take 10x that amt daily -- 4mg (4000mcg) through the 3rd month of pregnancy. It won't affect fertility, chances of conception/twins, or periods. ...Read more


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How do folate, (folic acid) vitamin B12 and iron help in pregnancy for mom and baby?

How do folate, (folic acid) vitamin B12 and iron help in pregnancy for mom and baby?

Several benefits: Folate (folic acid) cuts back on fetal spina bifida risk, possibly heart defect, and, in some genetically susceptible people, can improve homosistein levels and coagulation errors. ...Read more

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How much folate (folic acid) to take if ttc and have folate (folic acid) deficiency?

How much folate (folic acid) to take if ttc and have folate (folic acid) deficiency?

4 mg a day: Typically dose for women trying to conceive would be 400 mcg a day, but if you have a truly diagnoses folate (folic acid) deficiency, then i would likely increase to 4mg a day. ...Read more

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Can folic acid increase your fertility?

Can folic acid increase your fertility?

No: It prevents nueral tube defects of the developing fetus if u cannot get preg see you gyn for a workup, could be 1 cause or more than 1 cause and could be your partner- check his semen. ...Read more

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Taking vitamin b plus folic acid and iron can easily to conceive? Thank you

No but important: As far as i know vitamin b6 will not help you conceive but taking Folic Acid and iron is very important. Folic acid supplements reduces the risk of birth defects in half and spina bifida (open spinal cord in the baby) by two thirds. Iron is important for the production of red blood cells in pregnancy. These and other important vitamins are found in an otc or prescription prenatal vitamin. ...Read more

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Folic acid and pre-natal vitamins does one need to take folic acid in addition to pre-natal vitamins, or should pre-natal vitamins suffice since it already includes folic acid?

Hello. : Hello. Prenatal vitamins are different than regular multiple vitamins in a couple of ways. They have more folic acid, calcium and iron than a regular multiple vitamin. Vitamin a levels are often reduced. Some prenatal vitamins contain folate which is in a more bioavailable form (5-methyltetrahydrofolate). So normally you would not need to add a separate Folic Acid pill with your prenatal vitamin. Take care. ...Read more

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When both folate (folic acid) and B12 are low, which should you start to take first, and why?

When both folate (folic acid) and B12 are low, which should you start to take first, and why?

B-12 first: Treating a B-12 deficient patient with folate (folic acid) may correct the anemia, but not stop the progression of irreversible nerve damage. It masks the B12 deficiency, in other words. ...Read more

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I have low iron and i take a prenatal vitamin with 28mg of iron! Can low iron cause miscarriage?

I have low iron and i take a prenatal vitamin with 28mg of iron! Can low iron cause miscarriage?

It can if very low: Most times low iron levels do not cause miscarriages, except in cases where the blood level is transfusion needing low. ...Read more

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What should I do if my ferritin and iron serum and folate (folic acid) are all low?

Iron and folate (folic acid) defi: You have deficiency of both iron and folic acid. Need to see whether you have nutritional issues , like food fads. Iron and Folic Acid are rich in green leafy vegetables, if you avoid them start taking them. Worth to get a nutrition consult a through your pcp. Take iron and Folic Acid supplemets with otc medications/pcp recomm. Do search for proper food choices , rich in iron and folate n internet. ...Read more

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Can leviothyrozine and vitamin D3 pills interfere with iron absorption? What foods interfere with hypothyroidism and iron intake and should b avoided?

Can leviothyrozine and vitamin D3 pills interfere with iron absorption? What foods interfere with hypothyroidism and iron intake and should b avoided?

NO: Neither interfere with Iron absorption. You might consider taking some Vitamin C with the Iron it is better absorbed in an acid environment. (Vit C=Ascorbic acid) Hope this helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Can folate (folic acid) and b complex make someone be pregnant?

Can folate (folic acid) and b complex make someone be pregnant?

Taking folate (folic acid) ; B: Complex vitamins will not cause a woman to become pregnant. However, if you are trying to get pregnant - taking folate (folic acid) is very important. ...Read more

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Looking for information on B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency in vegetarians?

Looking for information on B12 and folate (folic acid) deficiency in vegetarians?

B12 deficient common: Being vegetarian may reduce risk of folate (folic acid) deficiency, as the best sources of folate (folic acid) are dark leafy greens, lentils, beans, broccoli & asparagus.However, fruits & vegies generally don't contain b12, so vegetarians are at risk of B12 deficiency.Eggs and dairy products do have b12, but even vegetarians who eat those average less than half the rda of b12. B12 supplements are thus advised. See comment:. ...Read more

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Fertility (Definition)

Fertility refers to the ability of a woman to conceive a child, or to the ability of a man to ...Read more


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Folate (Definition)

Folate is a vitamin which is a kind of nutritional agent ...Read more