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Folic acid

Postby ktsl123 » Sun Sep 11, 2011 09:42 pm

by ktsl123 (297 Posts), Sun Sep 11, 2011 09:42 pm

I have seen some posters say that they take extra folic acid up to 4x the normal dose and was wondering if anyone could tell me why.
Son born healthy at 5lbs 8oz at 35 weeks +2 days due to Severe PE on 7-21-09
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Re: Folic acid

Postby sam10 » Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:15 am

by sam10 (1437 Posts), Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:15 am

Some of us are diagnosed with MTFHR mutation, which means that homocysteine levels might be elevated, which can impair the ability to process folate properly. If this is the case Folic Acid is prescribed in higher dosages
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Matilda (Nov. 2012, born at 35.4 weeks) - severe PE


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Re: Folic acid

Postby kerisue » Wed Sep 14, 2011 05:36 pm

by kerisue (623 Posts), Wed Sep 14, 2011 05:36 pm

Checking your homocysteine levels is an easy blood test. I asked my doc to have my checked in preparation for ttc.

But I think researchers believe more is going on with folate than its affect on homocysteine. I've read articles suggesting that folic acid impacts early placental development and abnormal placental development may be a factor in preeclampsia. But I also read a review that said it doesn't affect development of preeclampsia at all. I'd talk to your doctor about what level is right for you. Just in case my doctor is not as informed as me (ha ha) I also come armed with research I want to discuss with him.
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