Ive been using the pregnacare pre conception vitamins. Having done some research, the Internet seems to suggest taking a higher dose of 5mg if you are overweight. That's definitely me
As GPs and midwives don't see you until around week 10, this is after the critical neuro development. However, I'm kinda worried to just start taking a higher dose somehow. Is it safe to just take 5mg anyway? Has anyone done this?
I was given the 5mg dosage with both of my pregnancies. My midwife said it was something to do with needing a higher dosage because your weight affects the ability of the folic acid to help the baby (that’s much more simplistic than the explanation given!). Speak to your healthcare provider. They should be able to get the prescription to you earlier. Alternatively, ask if it’s ok for you to buy some over the counter and just up the dosage, if they can’t get the larger dose right now.
Yeah I heard that about the weight. I'm not pregnant yet but read that you should ideally start the higher dose before TTC. I will try and see whether I can talk to a GP. So hard to get appointments and it seems a lot of GPs aren't sure about the higher dosage. I'd just rather make sure I take the correct amount asap.
As you’re still TTC, speak to a pharmacist. No appointment needed and they tend to know more about medicines and supplements anyway - it’s they’re job. They’ll have probably advised mums like us when the prescription is given. Good luck TTC!
I didn't know about needing to take a larger dosage of folic acid, because of my weight, until my booking in appointment when I was 11 weeks. Midwife gave me a letter to take to GP to ask for prescription. She did not seem concerned that I'd only been taking standard pregnancy vitamins up until that point, and my baby was born perfectly healthy 6 weeks ago.
Also, this wasn't the advice 5 years ago when I had my first, and she's fine too.
However, no one on MN knows your medical history etc. I would suggest you try and book in to see your GP as soon as you can to discuss what vitamins you should be on, as well as any other medication you may already be taking. Just to put your mind at ease. I did that when trying for our first and my GP was lovely. If you conceive before you see someone, I really wouldn't worry too much.
Thank you so much everyone. I am actually due to go for a smear test soon so I wonder whether I could try and arrange some sort of double appointment At that point so I'd only have to take one afternoon of work. I think I will feel better talking to a HCP instead of just taking extra stuff every day without talking to anyone about it. If GP doesn't have an appointment any time soon I'll see whether the pharmacist could help.
Hi OP, I just made an appointment with our practice nurse (who is a nurse prescriber) so some pre-conception advice and she prescribed me some then. Your BMI has to be over 30 to qualify. Definitely worth doing before you start TTC so the levels are nice and high in your system. Good luck
I'm completely spooked about ttc since my friends pregnant with a baby with spina bifida and was told a likely cause was her weight (19 stone) and not taking the correct dosage, I saw my gp and he was happy to prescribe high dose.
I also had high dose in my last pregnancy and we are going to start ttc in April / may
You will need to be prescribed the folic acid 5mg by a doctor. It’s usually given to ladies who are bigger or who have other medical issues such as a thyroid disorder. You should take it while TTC and during your first trimester. But honestly, as a bigger lady myself and TTC for 14 months now, the biggest gift you can give yourself is to lose weight. I’m getting to the point of being referred to the fertility clinic now and I know they will want my bmi below 30. So for the last 2 years I’ve been working towards that.