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Phenylalanine And Pregnancy
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Why is calcium so low in prenatal vitamins? Should i take extra supplements (in addition to prenatal vitamins) before and during pregnancy?
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
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
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
Is it safe to take trader joe's prenatal vitamins (which include herbs) both before and during pregnancy?
Pregease ( morning sickness and heartburn relief ) dietary supplement is necessary for pregnancy woman.
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When not nauseated: Whenever your stomach will tolerate it is best. Try before bedtime. ...Read more
I was anemic during pregnancy and taking an iron supplement in addition to prenatal. 3 wks postpartum, should I still take iron and prenatal?
Pomegranate, red cabbage and nectarine during pregnancy... Are any of these juices harmful in pregnancy?
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
No: It is an essential dietary ingredientGet a more detailed answer ›
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
I heard about home phenylalanine meter for PKU patients. Could you please advise if that is available commercially? What's the name of that product?TY
Not sure available: Not sure if it is on the market, but supposed to be one being worked on by someone at the Georgia Tech Research Institute, I heard. ...Read more
How could one figure out the caffeine, l- phenylalanine, and n-acetyl-l-tyrosine values in a 5 hr energy shot through an experiment?
You'd: Have to purchase a lot more equipment than you have ...Read more
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
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.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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