Regular vs High Dose of Folic Acid… Neural Tube Defects Can Be Prevented

It is best to increase your storage even before you get pregnant.

Let’s do small maths 

1000microgram=1mg
Most women need 400-600mcg/0.4/0.6mg of Folic acid daily before & during pregnancy.

5000microgram=5mg
5mg of folic acid is HIGH DOSE

High Dose is used in;

  • Women that have had a child that had Neural Tube Defect(NTD)/ other abnormalities
  • Baby’s father has/ has family history of NTD
  • Women with seizure disorders on medications
  • Women on antifolate medications
  • Obese women
  • Women with Diabetes
  • Women who smoke

Folic acid is beneficial through out pregnancy (not only before pregnancy/ in first trimester)

In first trimester, it prevents abnormalities.

In addition, it helps you build your blood up which prevent anaemia.

Using Folic acid is a win win.

Can men use it?

Yes, it is beneficial to men.
For fathers in waiting, it can also improve sperm quality.

Its usually one tablet
Some come as 400mcg a day
Some 5mg a day
Just one tablet a day

 

From an amazing mum that gave me permission to share.
Neural Tube Defects can be prevented.

Check out the comment;

“Please mothers, take your folic acid, I have a baby thank God she is alive and gradually getting healthy, but I am paying for not taking my folic acid or ante natal drugs.”

Thanks to @NaijaObgyn
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