How much folic acid is required during pregnancy

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) strongly recommended that any woman of childbearing age, whether pregnant or not, should take at least 400 mcg of folic acid daily. Below is the daily recommended doses of folic acid (in terms of pregnancy only):

  • When you are attempting to conceive: 400 mcg
  • During the first three months of pregnancy: 400 mcg
  • During months four through nine of pregnancy: 600 mcg
  • When Breastfeeding: 500 mcg.

It is recommended to consult a health specialist to know how much amount of folic acid is been required by your body before consuming the folic acid. No matter what do not consume more than 1000 mcg unless prescribed by the doctor taking an excess of folic acid can make a diagnosis of vitamin B12 deficiency difficult for healthcare professionals.

Information and statements in this article made are for educational purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor.

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When you might need some extra folic acid…

  • Women who possess certain genotypes that are associated with a higher risk of NTDs. People with a genetic variation known as a methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) mutation that makes it more difficult to process folate and folic acid. If it sounds like you, talk with your doctor to make sure you’re getting enough folic acid.
  • Women with history of prior pregnancies resulting in NTDs or a family history of NTDs
  • Women with certain malabsorption disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Women suffering from obesity. Women diagnosed with diabetes
  • Women diagnosed with the hepatic disorder.
  • Women diagnosed with anemia.
  • Women who use certain antiepileptic drugs.
  • Women who take folate antagonists like sulfonamides, as methotrexate etc.
  • Women who consume alcohol.
  • Women who do smoke regularly.

Please consult your doctor prior to take an increased amount of folic acid.

When should you stop taking folic acid?

It is still the topic of undergoing research according to some scientist women should stop taking folic acid after 4 months of the pregnancy while other suggest taking folic acid throughout the 9 months of the pregnancy.

Information and statements in this article made are for educational purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor.

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