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How much folic acid?

Posted by Wondering [1422.1399] on February 08, 2006 at 08:43:30:


My daughter is preparing for pregancy and the OB prescribed a prenatal vitamin that contains 400mcgs of folic acid. Is this enough or should she supplement? I notice that most supplements contain 400mgs.

Wondering



Re: How much folic acid?

Posted by lissa [2032.8] on February 08, 2006 at 08:56:28:

In Reply to: How much folic acid? posted by Wondering [1422.1399] on February 08, 2006 at 08:43:30:

Hi Wondering,

They didn't prescribe the pre-natal + folic acid?

Yes I think she should take extra folic acid...it was prescribed that way when I was pregnant.



Re: How much folic acid?P.S.

Posted by lissa [2032.8] on February 08, 2006 at 09:11:14:

In Reply to: Re: How much folic acid? posted by lissa [2032.8] on February 08, 2006 at 08:56:28:

400 mcg is the minimum recommendation for women of child-bearing age (that's all menstruating girls and women, not pregnant women) to reduce the risk of spina-bifida.

at least 600 is usually recommended for pregnant women...and no more than 1000 w/o consulting doctor.




Re: How much folic acid?P.P.S.

Posted by lissa [2032.8] on February 08, 2006 at 09:28:57:

In Reply to: Re: How much folic acid?P.S. posted by lissa [2032.8] on February 08, 2006 at 09:11:14:

I misread. I thought you said she was already pregnant. Still 400 is the minimum recommendation. Perhaps the OB was planning to increase it after she becomes pregnant, but there's no real reason she shouldn't take more before becoming pregnant but I don't know if it's really a necessity to do so.

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Re: How much folic acid? Archive in pregnancy.

Posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on February 09, 2006 at 06:55:10:

In Reply to: How much folic acid? posted by Wondering [1422.1399] on February 08, 2006 at 08:43:30:

Hi, Wondering.

400 mcg is the correct dose for preventing neural tube defects ONLY! This long overdue recognition by the allopathic community is a travesty. How about the preventive properties of the other B vitamins or essential fatty acids?????????? How much longer will the powers that be delay about recommending these perfectly harmless and very effective supplements for brain development and function throughout life? They must also be begun prior to pregnancy for the best effect.

Walt



Re: How much folic acid? Archive in pregnancy.

Posted by lissa [2032.8] on February 09, 2006 at 18:32:02:

In Reply to: Re: How much folic acid? Archive in pregnancy. posted by Walt Stoll [93.1889] on February 09, 2006 at 06:55:10:

Hi Walt,

To be honest I actually get the impression that they do "recognize" it...as far as making recommendations based on that...well that's something else altogether.

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