Is it true that folate (folic acid) supplements prevent birth defects?

Yes. Folic acid deficiency in early pregnancy has been associated with neural tube defect, e.g., spina bifida. Any woman planning to get pregnant should be on vitamin supplement including folic acid.

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Has anybody heard of using vitamin b and folate (folic acid) to prevent birth defects?

See below. Folate (folic acid) is definitely needed to prevent abnormalities of the spinal cord. Ass for vitamin b, I am unaware of any birth defects associated with low vitamin b levels. Maybe one of the obstetricians on the site will know. Read more...

How can folate (folic acid) prevent birth defects?

Very important. Folate (folic acid) is used by the developing fetus in the formation of the nervous system and spinal cord. If the fetus does not receive enough folate, (folic acid) it is at risk for defects such as spina bifida, or anencephaly (no head). Read more...
Help DNA replication. Folic acid is essential for the growth of rapidly dividing cells (a prime example would be fetal cells) as it protects the integrity of genetic information from one cell division to the next. It can prevent 75-95% of all heart and brain defects and may even be able to prevent preterm birth if taken for 3-12 months before conception. All reproductive age women should be taking 1-5 mg daily! Read more...

Can folic acid prevent Lamotrigine causing all birth defects during pregnancy?

Any drug causing. birth defects is separate from taking a supplement to support neurological development in pregnancy. Most supplements don't and aren't designed to prevent against birth defects. If you are concerned about this, discuss it with your OB/GYN doctor, and get a full evaluation of what you're taking, and what your concerns are. So, you can have piece of mind. Taking too much folic acid is not wise too. 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...

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

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). Read more...
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. Read more...

Myy baby had arthrogryposis. Was prescribed folic acid and am vaccinated against rubella this time. Willl the risk of birth defects decrease?

Basic risks. You have taken common steps to improve your outcome & this helps. There is a baseline of about 4% of risk that some issue (cleft, chromosome problem, premi, etc. ) can occur in any pregnancy.Most cases of arthrogryposis are due to a sporadic muscle problem with minimal recurrence risk. It would help to sit down with a geneticist ( @ children's hospitals) and review your specific risks. Read more...

Does prenatale vitamins contains enough folic acid to protect birth defects?

Take vitamins. Folic acid is almost always included in prenatal vitamins because most pregnant women don't get enough of it from just what they eat. Taking folic acid for at least one month prior to conception lowers the risk of neural-tube defects, such as spina bifida, significantly. Recommended dose is 400 micrograms of folic acid every day prior to pregnancy and 600 micrograms when pregnant. Read more...
Folic acid. There is enough folic acid in prenatal vitamins to protect against birth defects related to low dietary folic acid. You should not need more. Read more...