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Whats folic acid and why do I need it in pregnancy?

Whats folic acid and why do I need it in pregnancy?

Folic acid: Folic acid is found in many foods and is a part of the b-complex group of vitamins. Deficiency can cause several problems but the severe ones occur with pregnancy and can cause birth defects in the developing fetus. Mothers who take adequate Folic Acid and other supplements while they are pregnant have babies that have a much lower rate of certain birth defects. ...Read more

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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Im pregnant, doctor gives me preconceive folic acid, is it ok for me to take it even if i got cysts in my breast ?

Im pregnant, doctor gives me preconceive folic acid, is it ok for me to take it even if i got cysts in my breast ?

It is safe to take: Folic acid is a safe vitamin to take for everyone. Breast cysts will not be affected by folic acid...It might even help the cysts to regress! ...Read more

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I have mthfr, was rx'ed baby aspirin and folic acid. The more people i talk to the more tell me folic acid is harmful to take. What should I take?

I have mthfr, was rx'ed baby aspirin and folic acid. The more people i talk to the more tell me folic acid is harmful to take. What should I take?

Methylfolate: Folic acid = synthetic. Methylfolate = natural. Folic acid also decreases folate receptors on cells and decreases folate binding proteins (this is bad). Avoid folic acid. Buy Solgar brand methylfolate 800 mcg or other brand. See how you feel in the am. If tired and foggy headed, take one methylfolate. More info: Http://drfairchild.blogspot.com/2013/10/mthfr.html ...Read more

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What about folic acid supplement--how much to take and when if ttc?

What about folic acid supplement--how much to take and when if ttc?

Take 1 mg daily.: 1-5 mg daily can be safely consumed (and costs next to nothing). If you are a reproductive age woman, take closer to the 5 mg dose for at least 3-12 months before conception to prevent preterm birth, open neural tube defects and cardiac anomalies in your offspring. ...Read more

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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

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Are prenatal vitamin and fertility vitamin same? Which one I should take to become pregnant? These vitamins to become pregnant are confusing me. My gyn doctor told me to take folic acid. I have try to become pregnant for a year now. It seem like it never

Are prenatal vitamin and fertility vitamin same? Which one I should take to become pregnant? These vitamins to become pregnant are confusing me. My gyn doctor told me to take folic acid. I have try to become pregnant for a year now. It seem like it never

Prenatal : Prenatal vitamins and Folic Acid are important to take prior to conceiving becuase they will help create a environment to maintain a healthy fetus as far as growth and development, especially the folic acid. The Folic Acid helps protect against neural tube defects. If you can't afford both i would say the Folic Acid is more important. Your doctor may actually have samples of pre-natal vitamins, they can also be bought pretty inexpensively at your local pharmacy or grocery store. The Clomid (clomiphene) is the pill that will help you ovulate and hopefully become pregnant. You can buy OPK kits online very inexpensively. A simple internet search can direct you to many sites that sell them at cost. Don't give up! best of luck. ...Read more

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I am pregnant and have a mthfr gene mutation and i recently read that folic acid is not good for me or the baby and I should take folate instead?

I am pregnant and have a mthfr gene mutation and i recently read that folic acid is not good for me or the baby and I should take folate instead?

MTHFR: If you've been tested for mthfr mutations and do have one, then your body may not do well with Folic Acid at all. You would benefit more from methylfolate since it bypasses the metabolic step that your system has trouble with. You need a functional medicine or integrative medicine doc who really knows mutations in this enzyme ; can advise you plus collaborate with your ob-gyn doc too. ...Read more

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Why do I need vitamins in pregnancy?

Why do I need vitamins in pregnancy?

Extra iron & folate (folic acid): The recommended daily vitamin requirements is increased during pregnancy - especially iron and folic acid. A prenatal vitamin supplement will provide the necessary vitamins in the appropriate quantity - excess amounts of some vitamins may be harmful in pregnancy. ...Read more

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Do i need to take folic acid during the first month of pregnancy?

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

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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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Why do I need folic acid while pregnant?

Prevent spina bifida: Adequate amounts of Folic Acid either through supplements or diet in the first 10 weeks of pregnancy help to prevent spina bifida a condition where the spine does not close properly. The spine has completed this process by ten weeks so Folic Acid after ten weeks will not prevent spina bifida. ...Read more

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I have just had surgery for ectopic pregnancy. The doctor asked me to use up my folic acid tablets. Why would she prescribe that? How does it help?

I have just had surgery for ectopic pregnancy. The doctor asked me to use up my folic acid tablets. Why would she prescribe that? How does it help?

Folic Acid: I am assuming you took methotrexate for your ectopic pregnancy. This medication depletes your folic acid stores, so it is important to resupplement. I am sorry for your loss. ...Read more

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Can i harm my unborn by taking too much folic acid . ? My previous pregnancy was terminated because ntd. So i know I do need a little more folic acid

Can i harm my unborn by taking too much folic acid . ?  My previous pregnancy was terminated because ntd. So i know I do need a little more folic acid

Take 4-5 mg daily.: There is no such thing a too much Folic Acid - your body does not store the excess folic acid, it is excreted in your urine like all water-soluble vitamins of the b complex. I agree with dr. Livingston's advice for at least 4-5 mg daily of Folic Acid with a prior ontd. Folate prevents autism, preterm birth, miscarriage, fetal cardiac and brain anomalies. ...Read more

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My husband and i are trying to get pregnant will it be okay if we take geritol vitamins if there is nothing wrong with my hormones?

My husband and i are trying to get pregnant will it be okay if we take geritol vitamins if there is nothing wrong with my hormones?

Geritol: I cannot imagine what would be in geritol that would help you get pregnant. I do know that men do not need extra iron and iron is very tough on the liver. I would advise you not to use this product but especially that your husband not use this product. ...Read more

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What kind of herbs do you suggest for acid reflux I use rennie when i feel bad but i don't want take medicine often what can I do to relax my stomach?

What kind of herbs do you suggest for acid reflux I use rennie when i feel bad but i don't want take medicine often what can I do to relax my stomach?

Ganoderma: Organogold coffee contains the king of herbs call gaoderma. My patients no longer experiencing such common i poblem. Go online:www.Drerniestarcafe, organogold.Com. You can order it if you want it. ...Read more

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What to do if i keep feeling hungry. Is it due to my acid reflux?

What to do if i keep feeling hungry. Is it due to my acid reflux?

Maybe an ulcer...: Acid reflux is when acid comes up into the esophagus from the stomach. Feeling hungry all the time may indicate another complication of stomach acid: gastritis (irritation of the stomach lining from acid) or even an ulcer. Eating just a little bit can soothe an ulcer, and our subconscious mind knows this, and prods up to eat something. Get checked out by your doctor! good luck! ...Read more

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