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Hey girls, I just read an article about folic acid. Actually I have been hearing about it more and more. They say it is good to take folic acid while trying to become pregnant and being pregnant. My sister went and bought me some a couple of days ago, I haven't opened the bottle yet but i'm going to. I read the article on msn.Com
it is supposed to decrease the chance of spinal problems in your baby in the first trimester and also stimulate brain cells. It said something like 70 percent decrease.

Just thought you should know, has anyone heard that also?

T~
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replied October 13th, 2005
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Folic Acid
It's supposed to decrease the chances of a lot of other defects as well. They do suggest that you take them sometimes months before trying to conceive. Also, if you're drinking, smoking, or doing other drugs (or if the daddy is) it's best to stop that months before the baby is conceived to eliminate the chances of defects.
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replied October 14th, 2005
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Folic acid is very important while pregnant.
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replied October 14th, 2005
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400 Mg Or 800 Mg?
Good morning :lol:

they say to take them along with the prenantle vitamins because as of right now there is not enough in them. So I have started taking them in the morning with breakfast. It also says to take them with a meal. I looked more into it because there are 400 mg and 800 mg pills. The article I have read says to take 400 mg a day but no more then 800 mg a day. So I guess what ever you feel is right for you huh?

T~

ps the spell check doesn't work that good for really crapy spellers like myself! :lol:
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replied October 14th, 2005
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I have spinal condition called spina biffida occulta, and if my mom had enough folic acid when I was in her womb, I would not have this condition--spina biffida also which is much more severe than I have.

I have heard to take before pregnancy--and during--id talk to your dr about how much.
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replied October 14th, 2005
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fatfamily02 wrote:
i have spinal condition called spina biffida occulta, and if my mom had enough folic acid when I was in her womb, I would not have this condition--spina biffida also which is much more severe than I have.


I have heard to take before pregnancy--and during--id talk to your dr about how much.


how much stuff do you have awrong with you??
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replied October 14th, 2005
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400 Or 800?
I think it's like if you're taking prenatal vitamins that don't have any in it, then take the 800, but if you're taking vitamins that contain folic acid, then only take the 400. It's like if you're taking a daily a-to-z vitamin, you don't take a vitamin c supplement as well if it already has 100% of your vitamin c, in that one "little" caplet.
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replied October 14th, 2005
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I am taking prenatal, so only take the 400 mg as well?


Thanks,

t~
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replied October 14th, 2005
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Uhm...?
I'm not sure, that was sort of a guess. But you can check your vitamins to see if it has any folic acid in it already. I'll know more about this stuff when (if) my sister goes through with her appointments and such.
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replied October 15th, 2005
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Yeah, I thought it was 400 mg too, but like I say I would ask your dr, just to be sure.
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