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Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

I’ve heard that folic acid is important when you’re pregnant – why? What foods can I get it from?

Re: I’ve heard that folic acid is important when you’re pregnant – why? What foods can I get it from?

The Bump Expert

You heard right. Folic acid (also known as vitamin B9) has been shown to drastically decrease the risk of neural tube defects like spina bifida when taken before conception and during pregnancy. Doctors think so highly of this vitamin that they recommend every woman of child-bearing age take at least 400 mcg every day, just in case. During pregnancy, the suggested daily intake jumps to 600-800 mcg. If you have a family history of neural tube defects, you should get even more.

Find this wonder-acid in whole grains, leafy greens, citrus fruits, and some legumes. Since the U.S. government has hopped on the folic acid bandwagon, the vitamin is now added to nearly all breads, cereal, pasta, rice and flour. (Finally, a good reason to eat carbs.) You can (and should) up your folic acid intake even more with a supplement. Most women don’t get nearly enough of this vitamin, and since it’s water-soluble, you’ll just pee out whatever you don’t need.

Paula Kashtan

re: Q: Folic acid?

I'm on a FA vitamin because my homeosystine(sp?) levels are off. We detected it when my sister was tested for MTHFR. which, if i understood correctly, is a clotting disorder in the muscle or something which may cause miscarriages. Now.. i just found out that i am preganat (YAY) and i stopped taking all medications (allergies and the Folictabs) bec. i wasn't sure until my first dr. visit. Is it still safe to take? Should I be taking it???

About2bGold |

re: Q: Folic acid?

you can also eat Tums for extra calcium or eat yogurt or ice cream!

advazy |

re: Q: Folic acid?

My mother suffered from Jaundice when she was born...in addition, she now has the disorder that impairment of one side to were it looks like a stroke occurred on one side of her body. Also, my husband's dad has the same thing. My prenatal vitamins have 800 mg of folic acid, but I was wondering should I take an additional amount of folic acid?

Trying86 |

re: Q: Folic acid?

i am 19wks and i haven't taken any folic acid should i be worried about the baby?

cutiepie-k |

Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

leafy greens, citrus fruits whole grains and some legumes

pongiem |

Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

I just started my vitamin intakes...I got the regular prenatal but then I also got Omega 3 because I can not eat fish, and extra FA tabs...the doctor said that it is fine since it does not stay in your system if you do not need it.

bbyg102 |

Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

Try switching to spinach pasta or adding spinach to your sauces/soups - spinach has very little flavor of it's own, so it's easily amenable to tossing into just about anything. I cook a lot with citrus fruit, too, but I'm not sure how much folic acid remains after cooking.

MetryJen |

Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

Most women dont need extra folic acid. Your prenatal should provide enough for you. Ask your doctor if you need extra.

sjuthe83 |

Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

I've heard Folic Acid is HORRIBLE for you! Supposidly it causes breast cancer, childhood asthma, etc... it is assumed that Folate and Folic Acid are the same but they are not. Folate (as mentioned above) is in spinach, asparagus, collards, tomatoes, beets, etc... I read this on the Dr. Fuhrman website... does anyone have experience taking these vitamins??

carcar31 |

Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

I'm only 5 weeks, i am taking folic acid, pn vitamins, and a calcium D vitamin. My doctor siad it was important to start all 3 asap. So i started them all a few months before i got pregnant. I feel great, (so far!!) I hope it stays this way. In regards to the girl who is 19 weeks, and hasnt take them, I would deff ask your OB...You should prob be taking them? I would think...Good luck ladies <3

newtothis2010 |

Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

Folic Acid is very important during the first 12 weeks of your pregancy. doctors recomend 1 tablet 400mg daily with meals

Maro7 |

Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

Folate is the natural occuring vitamin and folic acid is the man made form. Folic acid is actually easier to absorb then folate is. But consuming either one or both will help you to reach your needed amount of folate/folic acid each day. Folate helps to make new body cells by helping to produce DNA and RNA. It helps to form red blood cells, lowering the risk for neural tube defects in babies, it even helps to lower the risk for heart disease.

kdalaba |

Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

I'm about 5 weeks pregnant, but won't be able to see my doctor for my first visit until two more weeks (at 7 weeks). I was told to wait til then to ask about prenatal vitamins. Should I do the same for folic acid, or is it something I can take before my doctor's visit?

sybarra82 |

Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

i have stomach problem after taking FA from my 8th week...

nenggrc |

Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

I am 6 weeks and just found out and just started taking folica acid, vitamin D/calcium, and pn vitamins. I don't think there is any harm in starting them on your own if you have a few weeks for your next appointment. It's reccommended to begin them when your TTC!

kelseybert |

Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

My doctor perscribed me 5 mg of folic acid which I was taking when my husband and I were trying to conceive. I just found out I am pregnant. Should I take a prenatal vitamin and stop the folic acid pills? (I am assuming that the prenatals have folic acid in them) I would ask my doctor but my appointment is in 6 weeks!

JudesD |

Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

If you have MTHFR, there is a vitamin supplement called Folgard that offers extra folic acid for those who can't metabolize folic acid. I take Folgard in addition to my regular prenatals.

atprinc |

Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

I was also prescribed 5mg of folic acid by my physician who recommended I begin taking it once we were trying to conceive. I have been taking this amount for the past three months and I am now 5 weeks into my pregnancy. Everything I read recommends 0.4mg or 400mcg to 0.8mg or 800mcg...so I stopped taking only the folic acid and am now taking a prenatal with 0.8mg of folic acid. I'm currently waiting for a response from the doctor's office re: the rationale behind the increased dosage. Anyone else have a similar experience with being prescribed this increased amount?

AleP |

Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

Before I got pregnant I would take 800 mcg of folic acid about once a week because it was recommended by my hair stylist. She said she takes it everyday and it helps with hair and nail growth, also for nice skin. Now that I am pregnant there is 1mg of folic acid in my prenatal vitamins. Ladies don't get confused, 1mg=1000 mcg, so it is recommended for a pregnant woman to have at least 400 mcg of folic acid per day

bridgette409 |

Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

I was taking my prenatal vitamins, and a folic acid tablet of 400mg. I was curious if there was such thing as taking to much so i asked and was told by my np that the Folic Acid in your prenatal vitamins should be enough, so i stopped taking the extra folic acid. you should be ok with your prenatal vitamins, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.

Fanidelo |

Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

Folate is what you are looking for. Many people (even doctors) mistake folic acid and folate as being the same thing. The body absorbs them differently. Folate is easily absorbed and used, but on the other hand, Folic Acid needs to be converted to folate through the liver. It can only convert so much before you end up with a pooling of folic acid in the body (this can be harmful) studies are starting to show that there is a link between folic acid and breast cancer as well as a possible link to autism. But don't take it from me, do your due diligence on the matter yourself.

delucap |

Q&A: Getting folic acid during pregnancy?

I take an anti-seizure medicine so I was prescribed to take 3 mg + my prenatal that has 1 mg. Now that I am through my first trimester she said I only needed to take 1 mg + 400 mcg + my prenatal. Not sure how much is too much for someone who doesn't need to take it. It just depends on the person, age and their (and family) medical histories.

swright08 |