Monday, March 15, 2010

How Much Folic Acid is needed at Pregnant Women ?

One month before you become pregnant you should take 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid per day to reduce the risk of your baby's neural vascular abnormalities. (Vessels neural your baby begins to form approximately three weeks after fertilization, ie approximately when you know that you are pregnant). In fact half of pregnancy was not planned, the U.S. Department of Health recommends that all women of childbearing age consume 400 mcg of folic acid every day.

During pregnancy you need at least 600 mcg of folic acid every day, even many nutritionists recommend consuming 800 mcg of folic acid and vitamins, prenatal vitamins containing folic acid 1000 mcg. Folic acid is a vitamin that is easily soluble in water so your body will remove the excess if you consume more.

Sometimes there are exceptions for some women to consume folic acid which will cover the excess in vitamin B12 deficiency. Rather unusual vitamin B12 deficiency occurs if you are a healthy young woman with a varied diet, but this can happen if you are a vegetarian, especially if you do not consume dairy products (including milk and eggs). Please ask your doctor if you are more at risk.

There is one study that claimed that the blood levels of folate in women who are obese (overweight) is lower than thinner women. Infants of women who are obese also have a higher tendency abnormal vascular nerve (neural tube defects / NTD). Although not yet clear what the relationship between weight, levels lower folate and NTD, it would not hurt to start taking 1000 mcg of folic acid in supplement form before you're pregnant or even before you are planning a pregnancy, as presented by Paula Bernstein, an obstetrician at Cedars -Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

A mother with a son/daughter who suffered nerve vascular abnormalities, have a higher risk of giving birth a second child with the same disorder. Health experts advise women to consume folic acid 10 times more than it should (400 mcg or 4 milligrams) from the month before conception and continued until the first three months of pregnancy. If you are included in the group, please check with your doctor's prescription supplements you need.

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