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Doctor insights on: Is It Beneficial To Take Ferrous Salt With Folic Acid While Pregnant

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Dr. Su Fairchild Dr. Fairchild
Integrative Medicine
20 years in practice
Medical College of Pennsylvania
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Is it beneficial to take ferrous salt with folic acid while pregnant?

Is it beneficial to take ferrous salt with folic acid while pregnant?

Depends: Eating beets and red cabbage will provide iron. Instead of synthetic folic acid, take l-methylfolate. ...Read more

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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


Dr. Su Fairchild Dr. Fairchild
Integrative Medicine
20 years in practice
Medical College of Pennsylvania
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Is it good to have a drink which contains soy protein, hi-maize, vitamin (a c B6 b12), thiamin b1, niacin b3, folate, (folic acid) sodium, potassium in pregnancy ?

Is it good to have a drink which contains soy protein, hi-maize, vitamin (a c B6 b12), thiamin b1, niacin b3, folate, (folic acid) sodium, potassium in pregnancy ?

Which form: Which forms the vitamins are can matter. For example, B6 comes inactive and also active. The active form of B6 is pyridoxal-5-phosphate. Too much inactive B6 can actually block active B6 from the B6 receptor, creating symptoms of B6 deficiency. Folic acid is synthetic, and too much can be bad also. Methylfolate and folinic acid are what one should take during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Why is it good to take folic acid while pregnant?

Why is it good to take folic acid while pregnant?

Prevent birth defect: Folic acid is well proven to prevent a relatively common birth defect known as neural tube defects which affect the spine. It is especially important to take Folic Acid in the first weeks of pregnancy, so anyone who might become pregnant should take it even before they know they are pregnant! ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Dr. Julie Abbott Dr. Abbott
Preventive Medicine
41 years in practice
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Im trying to get pregnant im taking 5mg folic acid do i have to take half of the tablet?

Im trying to get pregnant im taking 5mg folic acid do i have to take half of the tablet?

1/2 of a 1 mg!: The recommended dose for neural tube defect prevention in pregnancy is 400 micrograms, or 0.4 mg/milligrams. A 5 mg tablet is 5000 micrograms. You need to find the 400 microgram tablets or find the 1 mg and take 1/2 of that! ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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Do i need to take folic acid during the first month of pregnancy?

Very important: This is very important. Your needs will usually be met by taking a prenatal vitamin. It is best if you can start taking folate (folic acid) before you even become pregnant. ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman Dr. Chapman
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
37 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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What happen if a pregnant woman take expired folic acid? What happen for the baby?

What happen if a pregnant woman take expired folic acid? What happen for the baby?

No problem: As long as the Folic Acid was stored properly (no excessive heat, no humidity) it will retain its potency for many years. The pregnant woman in question will not be harmed nor her developing baby. ...Read more

Dr. Terri Washington Dr. Washington
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology
12 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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I am 7 weeks and 2 days pregnant and I took the Multivitamins + Minerals. Can I still take folic acid 400 gms?

I am 7 weeks and 2 days pregnant and I took the Multivitamins + Minerals.  Can I still take folic acid 400 gms?

Yes: I am sure you mean folic acid 400 mcg. Hopefully your multivitamin already contains folic acid, as it is most important the first few weeks of pregnancy, but there is no harm and potential benefit to taking larger amounts. About one third of people have difficulty converting folic acid to L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (L-5-MTHF), the active form, so it is wise to take the L-5-MTHF form. ...Read more

Dr. Johanna Fricke Dr. Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental & Behavioral
46 years in practice
University of Alabama School of Medicine
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I am 19wks pregnant & i take pregnacare which contains 400mcg & an extra 5mg folic acid. Will that harm my baby?

No, ma'am: Women with a family history of neural tube defects like spina bifida have been advised to take that higher dose for many years, but some obstetricians use the higher dose in their general population these days. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
Ophthalmology
22 years in practice
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I am 17wks Pregnant..How much ferrous sulphate and folic acid am i supposed to take in a day and when can i stop. thank you?

Ask you OB doctor: is best as s/he is who is going to be managing your prenatal care, work up and follow up. Usually what's in the Prenatal Vitamins is sufficient, but need to know what your CBC, and other lab values to determine. ...Read more

Dr. Kenneth Crabb Dr. Crabb
Obstetrics & Gynecology
42 years in practice
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine
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I have hair pills that have folic acid in them.Is it ok for me to take them for trying to get pregnant until i finish the bottle?

Folic acid in preg.: Women need at least 1 mg of Folic Acid per day to minimize the possiblity of birth defects in their children. Ideally the Folic Acid should be taken starting before the pregnancy. I am concerned that the Folic Acid in your supplement would be bioavailable in this case. ...Read more

Dr. Kristi Woods Dr. Woods
Pediatrics
19 years in practice
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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I have used folic acid for three month.How much shall I use to conceive? Is it ok if i stop using now or i must take it daily till i get pregnant?

I have used folic acid  for three month.How much shall I use to conceive? Is it ok if i stop using now or i must take it daily till i get pregnant?

Keep taking: Taking Folic Acid doesn't help you get pregnant. Once you are pregnant, it decreases the risk that your baby will have a defect of the brain and/or spine (called a neural tube defect.) since a tremendous amount of development goes on before you even know you are pregnant, taking it while you are trying to conceive will allow your baby to have the benefit during that critical time. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger Dr. Bensinger
Ophthalmology
48 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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I want to take folic acid because i'm planning on getting pregnant but i want my pH value of my body to be slightly alkaline as well. What can I do?

I want to take folic acid because i'm planning on getting pregnant but i want my pH value of my body to be slightly alkaline as well. What can I do?

Take folate (folic acid): The degree of acidity in Folic Acid supplements is tiny compared to the buffering capacity of the body. An taking folate (folic acid) is universally recommended during pregnancy for the health of the developing baby.. So please, do not stint on this important supplement. ...Read more

Dr. Jie Xu Dr. Xu
Obstetrics & Gynecology
13 years in practice
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
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Is amoxapen safe at pregnancy? If I am taking iron and folic acid is ok to take amoxapen I am 6 months pregnant

Is amoxapen safe at pregnancy? If I am taking iron and folic acid is ok to take amoxapen I am 6 months pregnant

No human data.: If you are referring to the anti-depressant "amoxapine", then there is no human data. However, experimental animal studies did not show an increase in congenital anomalies. We always weigh risks and benefits when prescribing medications. For instance, if you become so depressed that you cannot take care of yourself during pregnancy, then the benefit of the medication definitely outweigh the risks. ...Read more

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Dr. Paul Hartlaub Dr. Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine
30 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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Is folic acid, iron is ok to take wen ttc and during pregnancy?

Partial answer: I don't understand the "wen ttc" part of your question, but can say that both Folic Acid and iron are safe during pregnancy. Iron is sometimes recommended if you have severe anemia during pregnancy. Folic acid helps prevent some birth defects, but is best started before pregnancy. An informative iphone app resource on this and other prevention issues is my health checklist 2012. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Baker Dr. Baker
Holistic Medicine
36 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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Am on my period can I continue to take my folic acid B12 couse I wanna get pregnant?

Am on my period can I continue to take my folic acid B12  couse I wanna get pregnant?

Yes: It is safe to take folic acid and B12 every day and esp. wise to take folic acid regularly before you become pregnant. Over 1/3 of people have difficulty converting folic acid to the active form L-5_MTHF so consider a supplement that contains L-5-MTHF. Also eat foods high in folate- see http://whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=63 ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Folvite (Definition)

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