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Namaste 07-06-2006 08:15 AM

People have asked
 
People see my siggy and ask me frequently about folic acid (also called Vitamin B9 or the natural state of folate.)

From the "research" I've performed, this is what F.A. does to your developing fetus. F.A. helps increase red blood cells, which are the building blocks of life. Red blood cells are vital in the development of the neural tube (brain and spinal cord.) In order for F.A. to assist in the construction on this, you must have a good supply in your body and take this for the first six weeks of pregnancy (four weeks fetus age) in order for it to help in the neural tube development. After six weeks, F.A. is still good to take but does nothing to assist in closing the spine (spina bifia), or developing the head (anencephaly), or other NTDs. It is still good to take because of the developing body, etc.

From what I've read, most women can easily tolerate more F.A. in their diet. F.A. is often given to those who suffer from heart disease and heart attacks as it helps again with the red blood cells, etc. You might often see it as "good for your heart" on cereal boxes, etc.

So, here's the catcher. Most prenatals contain 800 mcg (just shy of 1 gram) of folic acid. After we lost our son, I took 5,000 mcg (5 grams) daily of F.A. MOST women's bodies will eliminate what they don't need. There is a danger for women who have a Vitamin B12 deficiency. Most women who have this are extremely thin and vegen (not all thin vegens have this deficiency). These women should not take excessive F.A. because it blocks the absorbtion of B12 (from what I remember). Again MOST can easily tolerate more F.A. in the diets.

So here are some things that were said to me over the last two years that are mind-boggling: "I don't need to worry about F.A. because I'm still young." FALSE, FALSE, FALSE. NTDs occur in women of all ages. It is not an age-related condition. "I eat a lot of spinach and orange juice." Well, good for you! However, you would have to eat about 20 lbs of spinach daily to get the amount of F.A. that I had to take. And cooking your food kills the F.A. You have to eat F.A. the raw state to reap its benefits.

Now. F.A. does not stop all NTDS, but the current belief (from studies) is that is dramatically reduces the occurrence of another child having a NTD. Some forms of NTDS are more severe than others. There are forms where there is 0% chance of life out of the womb and others where children will not have use of their legs. NTDs are believed to be multifactoral: genetic, environmental, etc. I have not read that it stops other forms of birth defects such as CP, etc.

I hope this enlightens you a bit. If you are ttc, please consider taking some extra F.A. You might not need the massive amounts that I needed, but perhaps just a little more will help.

I AM NOT a doctor. All this information was research on the net, medical books, and from Duke University. We are involved in a study there to help them identify the exact genes that are mutated in NTDs. My hope is that my girls will not have to worry themselves with this when they become parents.

Thanks so very much for listening.

nothing_butt_cloth 07-06-2006 08:22 AM

Re: People have asked
 
Thank you for sharing.
I have been taking 2 grams of FA for years. I was taking this becaseu i was an an anit-epileptic drug and my doc put me on a high dose in case i got pregnant.

I have heard that most or many NTD occur before the mom actually knows she is preggy, since that is week4 usually or 5 or 6. so i agree that everyone should take FA. just iin case....

Again thank you!!

MamaMel 07-06-2006 08:40 AM

Re: People have asked
 
Your absolutely right!!! If I could find my nutrition book from nursing school I could give exact amounts.

It is recommended all women of childbaring age receive extra amounts of FA. No matter if you are trying to get pregnant or not.

Read labels too. A lot of foods are now fortified w/ FA b/c we are not getting enough

Thanks Susan! :goodvibes:

eapoosmama 07-06-2006 09:49 AM

Re: People have asked
 
Not during my 1st pregnancy in 1989-90 did I take 1g. But with my second and third I sure did - my OB was insistant.

Being 35 and with Bill and my ethnic background we did have genetic testing done to see if we were candidates for a disorder in our baby. They strongly advised about the effects of at least 1 g of this. Fortunately we did not have the genetic makeup.

Thanks for the info.

cowmommy 07-06-2006 10:55 AM

Re: People have asked
 
I have a disorder called MTHFR and must take 4 MG of folic acid daily when I'm PG. I had 5 MC's Between my girls :cry: and found out that this is what was wrong it was causing my blood to clot and the baby to pass. They were all early MC except the first one which I guess was still early compared to others but I was supposed to be 13 weeks :( I also had to take a blood thinning shot but that's another post.

Blackbirdlane 07-06-2006 11:43 AM

Re: People have asked
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by cowmommy
I have a disorder called MTHFR and must take 4 MG of folic acid daily when I'm PG. I had 5 MC's Between my girls :cry: and found out that this is what was wrong it was causing my blood to clot and the baby to pass. They were all early MC except the first one which I guess was still early compared to others but I was supposed to be 13 weeks :( I also had to take a blood thinning shot but that's another post.



I have this same problem. I thought I was the only one, lol.

folic acid is very important!! :thumbsup:

GrowingUpMad 07-06-2006 03:11 PM

Re: People have asked
 
I take 4mg's daily plus my prenatal and extra iron. My dh and his mother both have a cleft lip and cleft pallet so we began this regimin months before TTC and I will continue it after. I sem healthier on all the vitimins and supplements so my PCP and Ob/gyn said to continue taking both the vitamin and the folic acid (iron if needed).


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