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Are the protein supplement powders beneficial during pregnancy to the mother and unborn baby?

Are the protein supplement powders beneficial during pregnancy to the mother and unborn baby?

Unnecessary/ okay: Your typical balanced nutrition augmented by prenatal vitamins is enough to build a healthy baby. The babies system draws from the proteins and other nutrients circulating in your blood.If you are not eating right, baby will take proteins from your muscle mass & calcium from your bones,etc. Supplemental proteins might make it to baby, but when not needed will be converted over time to carbs & fat. ...Read more

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Dr. Charlene Sojico
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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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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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Why is calcium so low in prenatal vitamins? Should i take extra supplements (in addition to prenatal vitamins) before and during pregnancy?

Why is calcium so low in prenatal vitamins?  Should i take extra supplements (in addition to prenatal vitamins) before and during pregnancy?

Not required by FDA: Discuss this with your gynecologist. Depending on your gynecologist's interpretation of the literature, medical association/society recommendations he/she follows, and your diet the proper recommendation will be made. ...Read more

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Prenatal vitamins only contain beta-carotene. My diet includes foods with preformed vitamin a and carotenoid and wonder if my baby will be deficient.

Prenatal vitamins only contain beta-carotene. My diet includes foods with preformed vitamin a and carotenoid and wonder if my baby will be deficient.

Avoid preformed Vit: Preformed vit a is the most common known source of birth defects. That is the risk to the baby. Also avoid any additional beta carotene. Foods contain a variety of carotenes. Eat normal vegies and fruits..Note that metformin causes low vit b12. B12 can be checked by a blood test or it can be supplied as a supplement which is not a risk to the baby. Do not take preformed vit a except in very small. ...Read more

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My wife is week 4 pregancy and doctor prescribed miprogen and folvite (folic acid). So these are helpful for our baby?

My wife is week 4 pregancy and doctor prescribed miprogen and folvite (folic acid). So these are helpful for our baby?

Normal : Folvite is simply folic acid. All pregnant women are given this. Miprogen is a form of Progesterone supplementation. Many doctors prescribe this for a variety fo reasons. It is a common treatment. If you do not know why you were given this then please ask your doctor for clarification. ...Read more

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Which vitamins and minerals need to be increased during pregnancy?

Folic Acid, Iron &: Calcium. Take a prenatal vitamin. Get in healthy proteins like red & black beans, chickpeas, fish (low mercury), poultry (75 to 100 gm of protein/ day). Calcium (1, 000 mg per day) with tofu, almonds, dairy products or eggs. Iron (27mg/day) from whole grains & green leafy veggies. Folic acid (600 to 800 mg/day with foods like melon, spinach, tomatoes, strawberries & turnips. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take trader joe's prenatal vitamins (which include herbs) both before and during pregnancy?

Is it safe to take trader joe's prenatal vitamins (which include herbs) both before and during pregnancy?

Yes: Yes. You can always ask the store on-line or the store manager what degree of pharmaceutical, manufacturing, or fda supervision such products have. ...Read more

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Hi Pregease ( morning sickness and heartburn relief ) dietary supplement is necessary for pregnancy woman.

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Pregease ( morning sickness and heartburn relief ) dietary supplement is necessary for pregnancy woman.

Vitamin B6: First line recommendation for morning sickness (nausea during pregnancy) is Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine). You can also try fresh ginger and Sea-Bands (Velcro Wrist Bands with a plastic button that compresses meridian point). ...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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Which amino acid supplements are safe during pregnancy?

Which amino acid supplements are safe during pregnancy?

Any, likely: Supplements, in general, are probably safe, but there are no data to support this statement. To give you an accurate answer, you would have to ask specifically with regard to what you are taking. ...Read more

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Can progesterone suppositories really raise progesterone levels in early pregnancy and keep the pregnancy full term?

Can progesterone suppositories really raise progesterone levels in early pregnancy and keep the pregnancy full term?

Yes and maybe: Progesterone suppositories do raise Progesterone levels in early pregnancy, both the level in the blood, and the amount of hormone reaching the lining of the uterus. Keeping a pregnancy full term depends on a number of factors, including whether or not the baby is genetically normal, and you having a normal uterus. ...Read more

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Which foods are high in folic acid and main vitamins if breastfeeding?

Which foods are high in folic acid and main vitamins  if breastfeeding?

Leafy green vegetabl: Folic acid and other vitamins are most commonly found in leafy green and yellow vegetables and some fruits, like citrus fruits contain vitamin c. Also many cereals and breads and some pasta are fortified with many vitamins. Milk and orange juice have vitamin d, also ones prenatal vitamins are good sources of necessary vitamins too. ...Read more

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Protein shakes and amino acid pills for teen boys. Are they safe?

Protein shakes and amino acid pills for teen boys. Are they safe?

Judicial: All these resources of protein cause increase in renal load and hence if you don't drink lots of water diligently, you are placing your kidneys at lots of risk. You an achieve same results through other food resources like increased met intake. ...Read more

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I heard that folic acid is useful to be taken before pregnancy is that true? And also vitamins e and c ?!

I heard that folic acid is useful to be taken before pregnancy is that true? And also vitamins e and c ?!

Yes and maybe: Adequate Folic Acid helps to prevent neural tube defects, a type of birth defect. Taking any multivitamin will generally give you enough, but check the label on your prenatal vitamins to make sure. Vitamin c is water soluble, and you cannot take too much in any practical sense, because any excess you take will be cleared in your urine. Keep to the rda for vitamin e, however, as it is fat soluble. ...Read more

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When is the best time in a day to consume folic acid, iron and multivitamin during pregnancy?

When not nauseated: Whenever your stomach will tolerate it is best. Try before bedtime. ...Read more

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I was anemic during pregnancy and taking an iron supplement in addition to prenatal. 3 wks postpartum, should I still take iron and prenatal?

I was anemic during pregnancy and taking an iron supplement in addition to prenatal. 3 wks postpartum, should I still take iron  and prenatal?

Follow up CBC needed: You need to return to the OB MD to have a Complete Blood Count (CBC) done to check on the status of your anemia. Only then will a MD be able to answer your question. ...Read more

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Balanced diet during pregnancy now that aversions are gone. Vitamin has vitamin a from beta carotene only and no choline. 14 weeks. Deficiency?

Balanced diet  during pregnancy now that aversions are gone. Vitamin has vitamin a from beta carotene only and no choline. 14 weeks. Deficiency?

Should be ok...: A normal healthy pregnant woman eating a balanced diet and taking prenatal vitamins, in the United States or similar developed countries, does not need to worry about vitamin deficiencies. If she has a pre-existing disease that causes nutritional problems, then her ob-gyn and a nutritionist can investigate to see if changes in diet or supplements are needed. ...Read more

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I just found out that i'm pregnant and the pharmacist told me to take fefol iron and folate (folic acid) as well as elevit pregnancy multivitamins. Is this ok?

I just found out that i'm pregnant and the pharmacist told me to take fefol iron and folate (folic acid) as well as elevit pregnancy multivitamins. Is this ok?

No: Multivitamins are fine. Folic acid is ok as well, although, too late to take it now as the neural tube had started developing and the most benefit would have been if you took it before you got pregnant and during the time of conception. Iron - no need if you are not anemic. ...Read more

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What are the negative effects of alcohol consumption during breastfeeding and pregnancy?

What are the negative effects of alcohol consumption during breastfeeding and pregnancy?

Brain injury: The early reports of fetal alcohol effects surfaced first in the 1950's & again in the 70's. The most prominent effects were dose related; the worst fetal damage to the highest alcohol intake. Research has shown direct toxic effects of alcohol on the nerves of the fetal brain,many suggest much of the ADD we see is related to alcohol intake. No level of alcohol intake is considered safe ...Read more

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Does chicken contain phenylalanine?

Does chicken contain phenylalanine?

Yes: Phenylalanine is an amino acid which is part of many proteins, and it is found in meats, including chicken. ...Read more

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Can phenylalanine make depression worse?

Can phenylalanine make depression worse?

Yes, it could...: This would not be expected but since it is active in the central nervous system, and thus "psychoactive"... Could have an effect either directly or indirectly on other neurotransmitter systems that may be involved in mood regulation. It is therefore "possible" for it to affect a depression even if that is not the usual impact in most people. ...Read more

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Why must there be phenylalanine in the pku diet?

Why must there be phenylalanine in the pku diet?

Essential amino acid: We can not make our own phenylalanine so there must be some in our diet. In general, the idea is to consume only the amount of phenylalanine that's necessary for normal growth and body processes, but no more. ...Read more

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Its been brought to my attn that its bad to take both methylphenidate and phenylalanine. Is it safe for me to be taking these medications together?

Its been brought to my attn that its bad to take both methylphenidate and phenylalanine.  Is it safe for me to be taking these medications together?

May be wrong med: Methylphenidate is a stimulant medication used to treat adhd and phenylalanine is an Amino Acid and is not a medication. Some people have problems with that Amino Acid because of a genetic disorder called pku but for most people it is not an issue. It would be unusual to have a stand alone Amino Acid supplement like that but it would not be problem. If that is not what you meant ask again. ...Read more

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What is phenylalanine in pickled ginger and is it bad for you?

What is phenylalanine in pickled ginger and is it bad for you?

Amino acid, no-maybe: You need phenylalanine in your diet as it is one of the essential amino acids that you cannot make. However, in this case the reason it is likely listed on the package is because the product probably has aspartame (an artificial sweetener that contains phenylalanine) in it and by law foods with aspartame must list it to warn people with the rare disease phenylketonuria that it has phenylalanine. ...Read more

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Where can I buy a phenylalanine-free milk?

Where can I buy a phenylalanine-free milk?

Milk: U don't specify the age of the person needing this product. Following site discusses 3 products (depending on age): http://www.Kibid.Rs/en/milupa/pku-products here is website where pku-3 (for over 15 y/o) is available: http://www.Allegromedical.Com/dietary-supplements-c522/pku-3-p559305.Html [not inexpensive}. ...Read more

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What level of phenylalanine is in diet snapple?

What level of phenylalanine is in diet snapple?

Ask: You may have to ask the manufacturer directly. Contact information is usually on the product label. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of phenylalanine supplements?

What are the side effects of phenylalanine supplements?

An Amino Acid: Phenylalanine is possibly safe for most people. Having too much phenylalanine during pregnancy can increase the chances of birth defects especially facial, nervous system and heart defects. Patients suffering from phenylketonuria must avoid phenylalanine as it can cause mental retardation, high blood pressure and strokes. In schizophrenics it can make tardive dyskinesia (movement disorder) worse. ...Read more

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Are there any health risks associated with artificial sweetener phenylalanine?

Are there any health risks associated with artificial sweetener phenylalanine?

You mean Equal?: Equal contains the Amino Acid phenylalanine. Phenylalanine by itself is not a sweetener. Phenylalanine is only harmful if you have phenylketonuria, a rare genetic disorder that runs in families. ...Read more

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What is the role of methionine in catabolism of phenylalanine and/or tyrosine? Can you please post any link about those two amino acids? Thank you

What is the role of methionine in catabolism of phenylalanine and/or tyrosine? Can you please post any link about those two amino acids? Thank you

Methylation: When homocyateine is elevated there is problem with methylation. Methioneine, methyl folate, (folic acid) methyl cobalamine, and magnesium may all be helpful. Low blood pressure occurs with a histamine reaction. Vitamin c and bioflavanoids, copper avoidance and understanding histamine intolerance (google it) will help. Alcohol avoidance, frequent healthy meals, stress reduction, and frequent movement helps. ...Read more

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Does the chemical phenylalanine effect metaprolol tartrate (25mg)? I want to drink those powdered teas that you put in the water but I'm concerned.

Does the chemical phenylalanine effect metaprolol tartrate (25mg)? I want to drink those powdered teas that you put in the water but I'm concerned.

No interaction: Hi there, Phenylalanine does not effect metoprolol tartrate. Phenylalanine does have a calming effect but you can definitely (and safely) enjoy your tea with your medication. ...Read more

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I want to boost dopamine level .So what's the difference among the three supplement : L Tyrosine , L-Dopa (Mucuna) and L-Phenylalanine?

I want to boost dopamine level .So what's the difference among the three supplement : L Tyrosine , L-Dopa (Mucuna) and  L-Phenylalanine?

Amino acids: These are different amino acids your body can use to make other amino acids. Most people want to boost their dopamine level in the brain, it is not clear that taking supplements can do this. What is you goal, actually? It would be better to start there. ...Read more

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What is the difference between[ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, phenylalanine, and amphetamine?

What is the difference between[ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, phenylalanine, and amphetamine?

Stimulants: They belong to precursors and drugs used for weight loss, asthma and congestion. Phenylalanine is an essential amino acid. Ephedrine (ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) sulfate) is useful for bronchial asthma, but pseudo ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is useful in rhinitis. Amphetamines are a group of stimulants useful for attention deficit, and less frequently as a stimulant, which can be addictive. Ephedrine (ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) sulfate) and pseudo-ephed in synthesis of methamphetamine. ...Read more

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23+4 pregnant. On occasion (3x week), i take a shake as snack that contains phenylalanine. I don't have pku and avoid other sources. Harm to me/ baby?

Unlikely to happen: If you do not have pku your body knows how to handle phenylalanine (phe).It will convert any not needed for normal body maintenance into non-toxic material.Your blood phe level will not rise with exposure and thus not be any risk to your fetus.You can eat foods with phe and not worry about it. ...Read more

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Can you take dl-phenylalanine and adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Can you take dl-phenylalanine and adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?

Yes: Taking them together should not pose any problem .There is some similarity in what they address. The adderal effects the brain chemistry more directly with the target of improving focus, impulse control. The phenylalanine should decrease craving looking at. Targeting the building blocks of brain chemistry. ...Read more