Spina bifida

Discussion in 'High Risk Pregnancy' started by Kerrig104, Aug 25, 2019.

  1. Kerrig104

    Kerrig104 Member

    Jul 31, 2019
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    Hi everyone I’m looking for a bit advice
    In the uk we are recommended 400mcg of folic acid but increased to 5mg if a family history or spina bifida.
    My dads sister died of spina bifida. Is this a close enough link or must it be me or my partner? I’ve not been able to get through to my gp
  2. Kitana

    Kitana Moderator

    Aug 11, 2016
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    Isn't folic acid an over-the-counter vitamin? Maybe you can an extra lower dose?
    I daily take 4mg and 2mg in my prenatals. The body gets rid of the excess anyway. I take folic acid even when not ttc as it helps your body make new cells.
    If you want to make sure about the dose, talk to your GP, even before starting ttc!x
  3. SugaryIris

    SugaryIris Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2017
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    I take double the recommended dose, because of history of miscarriage and it is included in my pcos supplement. My fertility doctor told me to do it.

    There is no harm in taking too much that I’m aware of so I would increase until you speak to your gp x
  4. WinterWolf

    WinterWolf Well-Known Member

    Jan 30, 2018
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    I would say that's a close link, yes. Even if it wasn't, the upper limit for folic acid is really high, it would be very hard to overdose on it. Here in Aus it's 5mcg recommended for everyone and some prenatal brands have 8mcg in them. Just take a double dose, it won't hurt you.

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