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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?

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

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Can folate (folic acid) deficiency cause pregnancy loss?

Can folate (folic acid) deficiency cause pregnancy loss?

Sure.: Folate (folic acid) is essential for rapidly replicating tissues, such as the early embryo and placenta. Folate (folic acid) deficiency can certainly increase your chances of early pregnancy failure - in fact folate (folic acid) antagonist Methotrexate is used for that specific reason in cases of ectopic pregnancy. Take 1-5 mg Folic Acid daily throughout your reproductive life! ...Read more

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Hello I am currently around 4 weeks pregnant and taking prenatal vitamins, with folic acid 1mg can the folic acid help prevent miscarriage?

Folic acid: Folic acid helps decrease the risk of birth defects and does this best if it is started before pregnancy. Since severe birth defects are a common reason for miscarriages, it could possibly also decrease the risk of miscarriage. At any rate, the decrease in birth defects alone is a good reason to be taking it. Best wishes to you and the baby. ...Read more

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My 6.5 months baby have hb e beta thall and she daily taking 5mg folic acid. Is it ok according to her age? Pls advice...

My 6.5 months baby have hb e beta thall and she daily taking 5mg folic acid. Is it ok according to her age? Pls advice...

No harm done: 5 mg/day of Folic Acid is too large a dose for an infant, but Folic Acid is water soluble, and thus excess Folic Acid will be excreted through urine. I would say 0.5 mg/day would be good enough, but sometimes a smaller dose in a liquid form costs more. I would give 1mg tab to her daily. ( crush it in milk or water). ...Read more

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Please help me Im feeling weekness in my body, so can i consume Elemental iron 70 MG+Folic acid 400 MCG+Succinic acid 210 MG capsule i.e tonoferon sf?

Please help me
Im feeling weekness in my body, so can i consume Elemental iron 70 MG+Folic acid 400 MCG+Succinic acid 210 MG capsule i.e tonoferon sf?

Hmmm...: There are hundreds or more conditions and diseases that can cause "feeling weakness" in one's body. So, why suspect low iron? A doctor might consider ordering some basic lab tests to check one's blood count, iron levels, chemistries, etc... That means, if this "feeling weakness" is worrisome or more than a few days in duration, a visit to the doctor is helpful. ...Read more

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My baby taking daily 2.5 mg folic acid.Her age is 11 months 20 Days and needs transfusion after every 45 days for hb e beta thall.Is the doses ok?Adv

Probably okay: This is a large dose of folic acid; however, someone must have prescribed this amount. I assume you either have a suspension or that you are crushing the pills and sprinkling over applesauce or something similar. Depending on what her fetal hemoglobin is and what her blood counts are. She may benefit from hydroxyurea. Ask your hematologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you get too much folic acid?

Can you get too much folic acid?

Nope.: All vitamin b complex substances are water-soluble, which means that excess ingested amounts are expelled in the urine, thus avoiding any hypervitaminosis risks. Only the elderly can have subacute spinal degeneration from inadequate vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) while taking excessive folic acid. ...Read more

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Could women get too much folic acid?

Could women get too much folic acid?

Generally NO but...: Folic acid as a water-soluble vitamin has no known toxicity. However, there is evidence that very high doses may interfere with the action of some seizure medicines and thus may provoke seizures in those taking certain anticonvulants. Otherwise there are no known hazards from high Folic Acid intake. See http://ods.Od.Nih.Gov/factsheets/folate. ...Read more

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What natural foods contain folic acid?

What natural foods contain folic acid?

Lots of them!: Green leafy veges, aparagus, citrus, avocado, broccoli, beans, seeds, nuts, beets, carrots, corn, squash. ...Read more

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Are folate and folic acid the same thing?

Folate /folic acid: Yes the two words are used interchangeably. ...Read more

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Miscarriage (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Pregnancy Loss (Definition)

Pregnancy loss = unintended loss of a pregnancy which could result ...Read more