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Superstar41 Sun 31-May-20 08:57:55

Hey all!

Been reading up on pre natal vitamins this morning and seeing that you should be taking folic acid for 2-3 months before conception! anyone doing this?

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londongirl12 Sun 31-May-20 09:11:00

It helps but it's not compulsory and won't make a huge amount of difference

SarahTTC2020 Sun 31-May-20 09:29:14

@Superstar41 I am yes, it doesn't help you conceive it protects against spinal disorders like spina bifida in early foetus development so if you take it whilst TTC then you're building levels up in your body ready 👌

kirinm Sun 31-May-20 09:36:53

I take a high dosage of folic acid because medication I take reduces my natural folate levels. I didn't start trying until I'd been taking them for 3 months. They do absolutely no harm to you so I would take some.

Elouera Sun 31-May-20 09:41:52

Yes. I've been taking it for years! Its recommended that any women of child bearing age that isn't using reliable contraception should take it.

Some countries fortify their flour with it, as its so important. I believe the UK are considering it too.

dementedpixie Sun 31-May-20 09:45:25

Yes I did take folic acid before trying to conceive

Superstar41 Sun 31-May-20 11:35:55

Thanks everyone ! We started trying this period just gone but not properly just sort of stopped using contraception and if it happens it happens for a bit and then if that doesn't work we will be trying properly! So going to order some today And get cracking for a few months with it before properly trying !! X

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Fran2020 Sun 31-May-20 11:39:10

I've been taking the pregnacare conception to help me ensure I am getting enough of all the vitamins.

TheDaydreamBelievers Sun 31-May-20 19:46:03

Folic acid is critical - start it now! Not to conceive but to make sure baby develops properly once you do. It's most critical right at the start of development in utero, and many people eats diets low in folate, so they ask you to take it and build up a reserve whilst TTC. Additionally, as women may not know they are pregnant for 2+ weeks, taking it whilst TTC makes sure your baby has it right from the start.

Interestingly, as another poster has said other countries in Europe put it in flour, bread, milks... and the failure of the UK to do so has been considered a huge failure in pre-conception care, along with failure to warn against drinking alcohol and failure to take women off of valproate (see here for a published article on this, there are a few others too: academic.oup.com/jpubhealth/article/41/2/e209/5076112)

Superstar41 Mon 01-Jun-20 07:03:03

@TheDaydreamBelievers thank you! Bought some yesterday and started taking last night smilesmile thank you!!

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