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Recommended Folic Acid For Pregnancy
Folate (folic acid) because...: Folic acid is a synthetic chemical. It is better absorbed than folate (folic acid) in foods but our bodies need to convert it to l-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (folic acid) (l-5-mthf), the active form. About 30% of people have genetic problems converting Folic Acid to l-5-mthf so unless you know you don't have that problem (which can be discovered with a blood test) it is safest to take the l-5-mthf form. ...Read more
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
You decide.: Rda (recommended daily allowance) for Folic Acid during pregnancy is at present 600 micrograms (mcg). However, an old U.S. Public service guideline gives a range of 400 mcg to 4, 000 mcg (4 mg). According to the old guideline 2 mg Folic Acid are safe during gestation. This information will assist your decision-making in this respect. ...Read more
Absolutely: Folic acid is a normal component of most prenatal vitamins. An adequate intake of Folic Acid can help prevent neural tube defects which can lead to spinal cord and nervous system problems. Stick to the recommended daily allowance (rda) on the package. Taking too much may lead to other problems. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Folic acid and pre-natal vitamins does one need to take folic acid in addition to pre-natal vitamins, or should pre-natal vitamins suffice since it already includes folic acid?
Hello. : Hello. Prenatal vitamins are different than regular multiple vitamins in a couple of ways. They have more folic acid, calcium and iron than a regular multiple vitamin. Vitamin a levels are often reduced. Some prenatal vitamins contain folate which is in a more bioavailable form (5-methyltetrahydrofolate). So normally you would not need to add a separate Folic Acid pill with your prenatal vitamin. Take care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No, but...: Folic acid is a good idea if one is trying to conceive, and also during pregnancy. It helps prevent a developmental abnormality in the spine of the fetus. Taking the routine prenatal vitamins is adequate folic acid supplementation for most women trying to get pregnant or already pregnant. However, folic acid supplements are not "good for getting pregnant", meaning they don't help one get pregnant. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prenatal vitamins: Prenatal vitamins have the suggested amount of Folic Acid to prevent neural tube defects seen in patients who don't get enough Folic Acid during pregnancy. It also has other vitamins and minerals needed for pregnancy as well. Ask your OB doc for the one they recommend. ...Read more
3 months: Recommendation is to start 3months before ttc. ...Read more
Yes.: All women in their childbearing years should take folate, (folic acid) especially if they are actively trying to conceive. Folic acid helps reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the fetus. The recommended dosage is 0.4-0.8mcg for women with low risk. Supplementation should begin at least 1 month before conception and continued throughout the first trimester. ...Read more
Do prenatal vitamins contain enough amount of folic acid or I should take additional folic acid for the health of the baby?
Consider L-5MTHF: Prenatal vits. Contain enough Folic Acid for most people but about 1/3 of people have difficulty converting Folic Acid (which is synthetic) to the active form, l-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (l-5-mthf) and 10% can 't convert it at all. A test for the mthfr gene is the only way to know for sure but it doesn't hurt to take 400 mcg of l-5-mthf to be safe and to eat dark leafy greens & other diet sources. ...Read more
Yes.: When supplementing, it is wise to use a multi-vitamin/mineral as well. This is because taking one item, at the exclusion of others, can create a deficiency. For example, when using B12 one should take it along with b-complex so as not to correct one problem but then create another problem somewhere else. Another option is to use an adaptogen or adaptogen complex to correct or prevent deficiencies. ...Read more
More than enough: 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. Can help with anemia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I'm generally healthy, planning pregnancy, 32 y.O. 1) what's the recommended dosage of folic acid? 2) should I take prenatal vitamins?
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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