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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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Can folic acid help with pregnancy?

Can folic acid help with pregnancy?

Yes: 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 more

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2mg folic acid safe during pregnancy?

2mg folic acid safe during pregnancy?

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

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What does folic acid do during pregnancy?

What does folic acid do during pregnancy?

Fewer birth defects: Folic acid has been shown to lower the risk of neural tube defects like spina bifida in babies. Since the nervous system develops early on, it's important to take Folic Acid as early as possible in your pregnancy. Ideally, women who want to or could get pregnant should take Folic Acid before they conceive. ...Read more

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How can I get folic acid during pregnancy?

Prenatal vitamins: The recommended amount which is 1 mg (1, 000 mcg) is hard to get via diet. A good prenatal has other nutrients that are helpful. Look for a vitamin without dyes. If you don't respond well to regular Folic Acid try methyl folate (folic acid). Methyl cobalamine is the best form of b-12. ...Read more

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Does folic acid increase pregnancy chances?

No: Folic acid will not improve pregnancy chances, but it's important you be taking Folic acid before conception. It will reduce the risk of the baby having spina bifida, cleft lip, heart defects, and now research shows it reduced the risk of autism. ...Read more

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What is the role of folic acid during pregnancy?

Numerous: Taking Folic Acid before getting pregnant & just after pregnancy is as important as maintaining it's use right through 9 months and on into breastfeeding. Folate (folic acid) protects or reduces the chance of many congenital malformations including spina bifida, congenital heart defects, cleft lips, limb defects, & urinary tract abnormalities. May reduce miscarriage and early delivery, placenta changes too. ...Read more

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Which is the best folic acid during pregnancy. ?

Which is the best folic acid during pregnancy.
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Article: This is a very good article about folate: pediatrics vol. 104 no. 2 august 1, 1999 pp. 325 -327 american academy of pediatrics folic acid for the prevention of neural tube defects. ...Read more

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Is 1, 600mcg of folic acid too much during pregnancy?

Is 1, 600mcg of folic acid too much during pregnancy?

No, however...: I know of no evidence that this dose would be harmful. The recommended intake for women planning/during pregnancy is 600 mcg. Authorities have set an "upper tolerable limit" of 1000 mcg but this isn't because higher levels are proven dangerous but because it could mask B12 deficiency. However, 30% of people have trouble converting Folic Acid to the active form 5-mthf, so taking that form is optimal. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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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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