Folic Acid

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Autumn - March 3

Hi, I have been trying to get pregnant for about 2 1/2 months now and haven't been successful so far, but was wandering about folic acid supplements? I read that I should be taking them while ttc? Does anyone know why this is? Also instead of that could I just take prenatal vitamins? I am sooo confused?

 

johanna - March 3

easiest way to make sure you have all the vitamins and minerals you need is to take a prenatal vitamin. or, you could just take a folic acid supplement separately. don't combine them, though, because the prenatal has the right amount of folic acid and you wouldn't want to overdose.

 

chriss - March 3

Autumn folic acid is taking in order to prevent against certain birth defects, like Spina Bifada among others. It is recommended that you begin taking prenatal vitamins approximately three months before getting pregnant or as soon as you find out that you are pregnant. Prenatal vitamins such as Materna by centrum have ALL of the vitamins and minerals (including folic acid) that you will need for your pregnancy, but remember the vitamins DO NOT replace fruits, vegetables and proteins, you need to start eating a bit more of these as well. Good luck!!

 

bunny - March 3

Folic acid is a must as it prefent nueral-tube defects in babies. But as for prenatal vitamins, personally I make sure that I am having a balanced diet and getting all vitamins. This is 'coz my doc warned me that prenatal vitamins are not fully tested and they may cause imbalance in the absorption of the vitamins by our body for ex: one vitamin blocking the absorption of other. I have no clear idea on this subjects, so I am playing safe. Sorry if I blabbered.

 

E - March 3

The neural tube is completely formed and closed by the 6th week of pregnancy. It is for that reason that you need to build up your level of folate prior to pregnancy. You cannot undo any damage to the embryo that occurs by taking folic acid after the neural tube has closed. Folate is important throughout your pregnancy (facilitates cell division) but you must take it while/prior to ttc in order to prevent a NTD. Good luck!!

 

Autumn - March 3

Thank you everyone! I think I understand better now and will definitely keep taking it!

 

jude - March 3

Folic acid is impotant as criss has said. My doctor has informed me that it is impotant to take them a few months befor getting pregnant. Because usualy by the time we find out we are pregnant the babys spine and brain are already being developed and it may be too late.

 

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