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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 long should you wait after having missed miscarriage within your second trimester?Can i continue taking folic acid after missed misscarriage?

How long should you wait after having  missed miscarriage within your second trimester?Can i continue taking folic acid after missed misscarriage?

Depends: Not every person recovers from a loss at the same rate. Miscarriage is a sad event for most families. While the physical recovery from an early loss may be relatively fast , the emotional recovery may take longer. There is no correct answer it is good to have 1or 2 normal cycles. Continue to take the folic acid as you wish. ...Read more

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Trying to conceive. How much folic acid is recommended after 35. I got told 4000mcg but hear different opinions. What is right?had 1 miscarriage befor

Trying to conceive. How much folic acid is recommended after 35. I got told 4000mcg but hear different opinions. What is right?had 1 miscarriage befor

400 mcg to 1mg: Folic acid is very important up take before conception and the amount does not vary by age. The American College of OBGYN recommendes 400 micrograms a day(.4 mg). However, most use a set dose of 1mg for adequate coverage. Women with prior children affected with neural tube disorders need 4 mg a day. These are conditions like spins bifida. So, Dina a prenatal with at least .4mg folate (folic acid). I mg best. ...Read more

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Dr. Is it true that after 1st pregnancy miscarriage there is a chances of having twins in next pregnancy? Taking folic acid increases twins chances?

No evidence: I had never heard this but searched and found many forums where people said they had heard this, but I could find NO research that shows this is actually true and can not think of why it would be. I did find a study showing women who got pregnant within 6 months of miscarriage had better outcomes. Folic acid does not increase chance of twins but decreases chance of miscarriage & birth defects. ...Read more

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Will folate deficiency cause miscarriage? If we take folic acid before pregnancy will it reduce the chance of miscarriage?Pls hlp dr

Will folate deficiency cause miscarriage? If we take folic acid before pregnancy will it reduce the chance of miscarriage?Pls hlp dr

Possibly ; yes: Research shows folate (folic acid) deficiency increases risk of early miscarriage by 50%, yet most women who are folate (folic acid) deficient will not have a miscarriage. But since folate (folic acid) deficiency increases risk of neural tube birth defects it's wise for all women who might become pregnant to take Folic Acid (or the l-5-mthf form for the 1/3 of people who have trouble converting folc acid to folate (folic acid)).It will reduce risk. ...Read more

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Husband and I want baby.taking folic acid also.I keep having dreams of me and my baby.Why? Irregular periods after d&c due to miscarriage. Please help

Husband and I want baby.taking folic acid also.I keep having dreams of me and my baby.Why? Irregular periods after d&c due to miscarriage. Please help

I like the dreams: Well your dreams sound positive! While there are a host of physical, hormonal, and not uncommonly, medical issues with a partner that can contribute yo infertility, it seems women are more likely to get pregnant when they feel safe. So have a simple check up..get some reassurance..not infrequently it takes time, more than a year or so, even for quite fertile couples to conceive. ...Read more

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Does mthfr cause miscarriage? I know i need to increase my folic acid but some dr's prescribe aspirin for pregnancy. My dr says no

Does mthfr cause miscarriage? I know i need to increase my folic acid but  some dr's prescribe aspirin for pregnancy. My dr says no

Likely, no: New data has shown that a diagnosis of mthfr mutation is not a likely culprit for miscarriage. New recommendations from the american college of ob/gyn state: screening homocysteine levels or (mthfr) is not recommended, b/c mthfr has not been associated with poor pregnancy outcomes. Folic acid is always a good idea in pregnancy. A baby Aspirin for women with unexplained miscarriages, also good. ...Read more

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Dr I'm 10 weeks pregnant, i had 2 miscarriages before at 5 weeks, now i have baby aspirin, clexane injection, folic acid, any side effect to baby?

Dr I'm 10 weeks pregnant, i had 2 miscarriages before at 5 weeks, now i have baby aspirin, clexane injection, folic acid, any side effect to baby?

It is likely safe: Enoxaparin ("Clexane" in UK; "Lovenox" in US) is commonly prescribed to pregnant women and is believed to be safe. It should be stopped before delivery. Aspirin should not be used during pregnancy *unless prescribed by a doctor*; it is commonly prescribed to treat antiphospholipid syndrome (which can lead to miscarriages) and preeclampsia. ...Read more

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I have history of miscarriage pregnancy a year ago then after that my period becomes irregular, my doctor give me progyluton and folic acid is it ok?

Miscarriage: With a history of irregular menses after a spontaneous miscarriage giving progyluton (estrogen) and folic acid is appropriate. If your cycles don't return to normal you may consider taking birth control pill for several months, and then stopping to see if your normal menses returns. ...Read more

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Can I take folic acid and metafolin (active form) together when trying to conceive after pregnancy loss? Would it be harmful?

Can I take folic acid and metafolin (active form) together when trying to conceive after pregnancy loss? Would it be harmful?

It should not : be harmful, but I wonder whether it would be necessary. There are many reasons for miscarriages - but unfortunately they are very common. Some have theorized that up to 50% of ALL conceptions (know or not know) may end up in miscarriage (spontaneous or otherwise) ...Read more

Dr. Gerard Honore
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Pregnancy Loss (Definition)

A miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of a fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. (Pregnancy losses after the 20th week are called preterm deliveries.) A miscarriage may also be called a "spontaneous abortion." This refers to naturally occurring events, not medical ...Read more


Dr. Seth Derman
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Miscarriage (Definition)

Miscarriage is a "lay" term for early pregnancy loss usually prior to the second trimester. Physician's use the term "spontaneous abortion" to describe these events, but the word "abortion" in lay use has come to connote only an elective interrupted ...Read more