How many folic acid tablets to take during pregnancy

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Doctors advise taking folic acid not only during the childbearing period, but also during the pregnancy planning period.

What is the use of folic acid during pregnancy

Folic acid is vitamin B9, the lack of which in the body of the future mother threatens with many unpleasant consequences. Vitamin B9 is involved in DNA synthesis, in the process of blood formation, in the process of cell division and growth.

Also, this vitamin is necessary for laying the nervous system of the unborn child, prevents the appearance of brain defects, neural tube, etc.

Folic acid deficiency during pregnancy

It is estimated that folic acid deficiency occurs in every second case of pregnancy. And this is dangerous not only for the unborn child, but also for the mother. Folate deficiency can cause:

  • formation of defects of the nervous system (cerebral hernia, spina bifida, hydrocephalus, etc.);
  • defects of the cardiovascular system;
  • violation of the development of the placenta;
  • an increase in the likelihood of spontaneous abortion, premature birth, improper development of the fetus, stillbirth, placental abruption and

With a lack of folic acid, women are more likely to experience toxic effects, depression, anemia, and pain in the legs.

Folic acid dosage during pregnancy

To preserve pregnancy, to ensure the health of the unborn child and mother, you should take this vitamin when planning pregnancy and throughout the term of gestation. However, here it is necessary to be very careful and observe strict dosage. Overdose can also be dangerous.

It is estimated that the adult’s need for folic acid is 200 μg (0.2 mg). For pregnant women, the dosage increases. The minimum dose is 400 micrograms (0.4 mg) per day, and the maximum is 800 micrograms (0.8 mg). When a pregnant woman is at risk (vitamin B9 deficiency is pronounced), the dosage increases to 5 mg per day.

To understand these dosages, you should carefully read the instructions for the preparation of folic acid and listen to the recommendations of the doctor.

The most common folic acid tablets are 1000 μg (1 mg) of folic acid. During pregnancy, it is recommended to take one tablet of this drug per day. In this case, an overdose is impossible.

But with a strong deficiency of vitamin B9, they may prescribe a drug with a higher dosage: Folacin or Apo-folic. One tablet of these drugs contains 5000 mcg (5 mg) of folic acid. This dosage is not prophylactic, but curative.

Folic acid in vitamin complexes

It is also extremely important to take into account the composition of the vitamin-mineral complexes that you take.

Often, all these complex preparations contain the necessary prophylactic dose of folic acid. For example, the folio capsule contains 400 µg of folic acid, in Materna and Elevit preparations 1000 µg each, Pregnavit – 750 µg, Vitrum prenatal – 800 µg, Multi-tabs – 400 µg.

Thus, when taking any of these or other preparations containing vitamin B9, and in the absence of deficiency, its additional reception is not required.

Folic acid overdose during pregnancy

Folic acid is non-toxic to the body, its excess is not delayed and is derived independently.

However, overdosing it in the case of prolonged use of high doses leads to adverse effects. Namely, as a result, the content of vitamin B12 in the blood decreases, which can lead to anemia, gastrointestinal disorders, and an increase in nervous excitability. Changes in renal function may also occur.

What dosage will lead to such consequences? This is possible if every day for three months or more to take 10-15 mg of folic acid. Of course, it is almost impossible. The human body does not synthesize folic acid, and can receive only with food or due to synthesis of large intestine microflora. Therefore, those who have problems with the intestines, may require additional intake of this vitamin.

Products containing folic acid

Those women who prefer instead of taking synthetic vitamin complexes to lean on the natural vitamins contained in food should pay attention to the list of products that have a high content of folic acid. These are walnuts, cereals – oatmeal, rice and buckwheat, sunflower seeds, kefir, milk powder, cottage cheese, egg yolks, vegetables with dark green leaves – beans, green peas, green onions, soybeans, beets, carrots, asparagus, tomatoes, wholemeal flour, beef liver. That is, this vitamin is found in many foods that can be consumed daily.

Publication author: Alexey Kulagin

Comments (17):

Saw folic acid from the first day of delay, as the test showed two strips, a child was born with a heart defect.

On the beach, 2015-07-06 19:47:34:

girls drink folic acid, I didn’t drink

I was also appointed Ursosan? when I was diagnosed with hepatitis. The treatment was carried out according to the instructions and did not depart from it a single step. In the end, I managed to recover. I am practically healthy.

Experienced mother, 2015-05-11 12:25:22:

Dinara, read carefully the article, the same is written. With a lack of folic acid, women are more likely to experience symptoms of toxemia, depression, anemia, and pain in the legs. To preserve pregnancy, to ensure the health of the unborn child and mother, you should take this vitamin when planning pregnancy and throughout the term of gestation. However, here it is necessary to be very careful and observe strict dosage. Overdose can also be dangerous. It is estimated that the adult’s need for folic acid is 200 μg (0.2 mg). For pregnant women, the dosage increases. The minimum dose is 400 micrograms (0.4 mg) per day, and the maximum is 800 micrograms (0.8 mg). When a pregnant woman is at risk (vitamin B9 deficiency is pronounced), the dosage increases to 5 mg per day. To understand these dosages, you should carefully read the instructions for the preparation of folic acid and listen to the recommendations of the doctor. The most common folic acid tablets are 1000 μg (1 mg) of folic acid. During pregnancy, it is recommended to take one tablet of this drug per day. In this case, an overdose is impossible. But with a strong deficiency of vitamin B9, they may prescribe a drug with a higher dosage: Folacin or Apo-folic. One tablet of these drugs contains 5000 mcg (5 mg) of folic acid. This dosage is not prophylactic, but curative. But, I think a doctor should recommend each dose. Everyone has different source data.

And how much in her day

I, too, Pia folia acid but I don `t know whether to help or not

I drink Elevit, I need ..

I drink Elevit, and I recommend you,

Brighthunter, 2014-10-22 13:07:13:

I want to get pregnant how many pills do I need to drink folic acid

How many folic acid tablets to take during pregnancy

Folieva is drunk three months before the planned pregnancy and the first 5 weeks of pregnancy, then it is useless (for the fetus), since it helps to form the nervous system, which is laid in the first weeks. Dose 400-1000mkg. So say gynecologists.

I think on 1 tab nothing will be

A mojna pit bez naznachena verache

I drink 1 three times a day. But this is me when planning, during pregnancy a doctor will probably prescribe another dose, a little more.

I read the article, I also need to buy it, I will drink it, prepare for pregnancy. Who will tell you how many months before conception to start drinking?

Hope 2013-02-07 16:58:01:

Before conception, I also began to drink folic acid, and with my husband. It is very useful when laying the baby all organs. And then after the 1st trimester I even increased the dose, and drank it right up to the birth.

Irina R., 2013-02-07 09:59:14:

girls, folic acid was prescribed to me even before the conception of our son – I took courses of 0.4 mg per day for the first trimester of pregnancy. I took the usual ordinary granules in pure form, and then, when I switched to vitamins "Vitrum Prenatal" in the second trimester, the granules are set aside. Our son was born healthy with the Apgar score of 9, I think that folic acid played an important role in this!

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