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Severe folate (folic acid) and iron deficiency now pregnant. Can I take extra to decrease risk of birth defects?

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Absolutely

Folate (folic acid) deficiency might be the cause of the anemia as well.
See your OB for getting the right amount of protective folate (folic acid).

In brief: Absolutely

Folate (folic acid) deficiency might be the cause of the anemia as well.
See your OB for getting the right amount of protective folate (folic acid).
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: You SHOULD

You must take folate (folic acid) supplement and iron supplemeny in addition to the prenatal multi vitamins if your folate (folic acid) and iron level are low during your pregnancy to decrease risk for birth defect.
If you dont respond to oral iron supplement- or can't tolerate -due to nausea/vomiting- then intravenous iron would be needed. Dont delay-see you OB for further instruction.

In brief: You SHOULD

You must take folate (folic acid) supplement and iron supplemeny in addition to the prenatal multi vitamins if your folate (folic acid) and iron level are low during your pregnancy to decrease risk for birth defect.
If you dont respond to oral iron supplement- or can't tolerate -due to nausea/vomiting- then intravenous iron would be needed. Dont delay-see you OB for further instruction.
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