Is it possible to take too much folate (folic acid) (in pill form) before and during pregnancy?

Folic acid. Hi, the maximum recommended dose for Folic acid is 4 mg, but folic acid is water soluble vitamin and can be easily excreted from kidneys unless you have pernicious anemia.

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Is folic acid or folate supplement pills better for pre-pregnancy preparation?

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...

Helo dr. I had abortion spina bifida. I had folate (folic acid) tablt during pregnancy. Wht could be reason for spina bifida. How I could have saved my baby.

Sorry for your loss. Spina bifida has several risk factors and this developmental disorder of the neural tube is a sign that something just didn't properly develop. Folate (folic acid) deficiency is a risk factor, anti-seizure medications, diabetes with poor control, obesity before pregnancy, and increased body temperature early in pregnancy has been linked as well. Talk with your OB about decreasing your risk in the future. 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?

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...

Will folate deficiency cause miscarriage? If we take folic acid before pregnancy will it reduce the chance of miscarriage? Pls hlp dr

Possibly ; yes. Research shows folate (folic acid) deficiency increases risk of early miscarriage by 50%, yet most women who are folate (folic acid) deficient will not have a miscarriage. But since folate (folic acid) deficiency increases risk of neural tube birth defects it's wise for all women who might become pregnant to take Folic Acid (or the l-5-mthf form for the 1/3 of people who have trouble converting folc acid to folate (folic acid)).It will reduce risk. Read more...

Is folic acid the only pill you have to take during pregnancy?

No. In pregnancy Folic Acid is recommended, prenatal vitamins, and omega 3 dha for fetal brain development. Your physician will tell you if you are anemic which many women are and need additional iron. Read more...

Can folate (folic acid) deficiency cause pregnancy loss?

Yes please OBGyn. The first three months are crucial mother is weaving the baby and brain formation with spinal cord so Folic Acid is very critical so not only can lead to all kind to neural tube defects and endangerment of major brain disorders spina bifida but also life threatening please have regular antenatal clinic if she does not like tabs they have high folate (folic acid) diets with supplements. Read more...
Sure. Folate (folic acid) is essential for rapidly replicating tissues, such as the early embryo and placenta. Folate (folic acid) deficiency can certainly increase your chances of early pregnancy failure - in fact folate (folic acid) antagonist Methotrexate is used for that specific reason in cases of ectopic pregnancy. Take 1-5 mg Folic Acid daily throughout your reproductive life! Read more...

How do folate, (folic acid) vitamin B12 and iron help in pregnancy for mom and baby?

Healthy mom, baby. Developing fetus will get the nutrients it needs from mom. It gets calcium from mom's blood (via mom's diet, or her bones-doesn't care). Need B12 and folate (folic acid) for normal neurological development, to prevent some congenital abn; needs iron for cell growth and development. Mom needs supplement to prevent deficiencies (increased needs due to fetal development). Read more...
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...

Folate (folic acid) 53/B12 1500/Both 1.5-2xUNL. Are these levels good for pregnancy? I know low levels link to risks of birth defects. What about high levels?

Needs further eval. If you are reporting the usual units for folate (folic acid) and B12, then they are high. The most likely explanation is that you are taking these in supplements anticipating pregnancy. If so, you are taking too much and should cut back to only recommended intake. If you are not taking supplements or medications, this needs prompt evaluation as it could be related to liver, kidney or bone marrow problems. Read more...

I am 7 weeks pregnant. Haemoglobin level 152g/L. Is it high for pregnancy? Platelets and MCV all normal. Serum folate 25.2 on folic acid, also high.

Probably normal. Your hemoglobin of 15.2 is fine for being 7 weeks pregnant. The numbers will decrease moreso in the 2nd and third trimesters. You should be on a multivit (prenatal) which has folic acid in it. Folic acid is very important in pregnancy. Hope all is well otherwise. Good luck with your pregnancy! Read more...