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CrmbleBee Sun 03-Dec-17 06:49:38

Hi guys,

Really worried as now 11 weeks pregnant and have missed a lot of folic acid tablets- the ones I have are supposed to be taken after your main meal and I keep forgetting until the next morning or when I wake up in the middle of the night. Really concerned as I know baby's neural tube should be closed by now and any damage has been done- any one got any reassuring anecdotes?

Thanks x

BigBaboonBum Sun 03-Dec-17 06:54:25

Other generations never took them and we’re fine! Chances are in this day and age with our rich western diets we are stocked up anyway. I know it’s a panic, I panic also! I was supposed to be taking extra and never found out until afterwards but all is fine. If you’re struggling taking them with meals just take them whenever though, I usually took mine after breakfast or I’d eat an apple and take one

Emabrmsca Sun 03-Dec-17 07:14:24

I think I took one of them when I was pregnant but they are huge so I didn't bother after that. I have an annoying but healthy 3 year old so it didn't do her any damage.

MynewnameisKy Sun 03-Dec-17 07:17:19

It's best to just take them when you remember. Folic acid has really reduced the incidence of Spina Bifida and it's really important to take Vitamin D too it helps to prevent post natal depression.

Mrscog Sun 03-Dec-17 07:22:39

Do you eat breakfast cereal? My morning sickness was too bad to take them some days but I could eat fortified cereal which I found reassuring.

HerSymphonyAndSong Sun 03-Dec-17 07:23:21

Were you taking them whilst ttc?

CrmbleBee Sun 03-Dec-17 07:36:45

I took them for three months while TTC and was good at it in early pregnancy because they were tiny ones and it didn't matter when I took them. Switched to Pregnacare after a while and became far less regular with them. I do eat cereal sometimes, but usually toast.

HerSymphonyAndSong Sun 03-Dec-17 07:38:19

If you took them whilst TTC that definitely helps - I really wouldn’t worry about it too much as you will have boosted your levels with what you have taken. The pregnancy multivitamins really contributed to my nausea so I struggled to get and keep them down!

CrmbleBee Sun 03-Dec-17 07:54:50

Thanks. It's hard not to worry, but I guess I'll have to wait and see. DH is annoyingly chilled out about it all!

thepatchworkcat Sun 03-Dec-17 07:58:07

But when you say you remember later, does that mean you are taking them, but just at a different time? So that’s ok!

thingymaboob Sun 03-Dec-17 09:11:21

I have hyperemesis and kept forgetting / couldn't stomach them for pretty much my entire pregnancy and my baby is fine. I didn't even have a varied diet and lived on hula hoops. I did take it whilst ttc though but not once I started being sick!

pastabest Sun 03-Dec-17 09:23:33

It really doesn’t matter when you take them during the day, the pregnacare ones have a habit of making people feel queasy if taken on an empty stomach (and who needs that on top of morning sickness!?) which is why they say take them after a main meal.

The iron in pregnacare quite often makes people constipated too.

At 11/12 weeks you can probably drop the folic acid anyway and just rake vit D.

Pregnacare is just a gimmicky expensive multivitamin marketed at pregnant women IMO.

In short - don’t worry.

pastabest Sun 03-Dec-17 09:30:26

Argh actually no this has made me cross.

It’s really not your fault OP, and everything will be absolutely fine, but you have stopped taking the perfectly good tablets that you had happily been taking for months, and because of pregnacare’s pretence that it is something special and better (it isn’t) you have instead been missing taking your folic acid it because of the silly time restrictions.

So actually you would have been better staying on your previous tablets that you were happy with.

It’s shit like this that makes me really really cross with the way pregnacare is being marketed. It makes people feel like crap at a time they feel pretty rubbish anyway angry

AnUtterIdiot Sun 03-Dec-17 10:55:55

I was prescribed larger dose folic acid so it wasn't an issue for me because I always had the smaller pills. But I had horrible nausea in the first trimester and could not face Pregnacare. It was the summer so I spent a certain amount of time outside every day to get the Vit D I needed instead.

AnUtterIdiot Sun 03-Dec-17 10:56:41

I wouldn't worry, OP. My GP said we get all our folic acid through a varied diet and fortified cereals and bread and had to be pushed by the midwife to prescribe the higher dose at all!

Shutupanddance1 Sun 03-Dec-17 11:00:59

I’m 12 weeks and the prenatals I take (not pregnacare) still make me feel sick. I missed taking them more around 6-8 weeks as I just couldn’t handle feeling even more nauseous than I was.

ThunderboltsLightning Sun 03-Dec-17 11:07:46

Yy to pregnacare being massive and expensive! When i was pregnant i just carried on having my usual daily Aldi Beroccas as they have all the vitamins in that i needed. I also got some holland and barratt vit d as they did them in nice small tablets rather than the horse sized tablets that made me gag!

WineAndTiramisu Sun 03-Dec-17 11:33:21

I'm on pregnacare currently as got them on a good deal, however I take them first thing in the morning otherwise I'd never remember!

HerSymphonyAndSong Sun 03-Dec-17 13:45:28

I wasn’t taking pregnacare - it was a supermarket own-brand pregnancy multivitamin but it had the same nausea-inducing effect. Given that most of my life pre-pregnancy I was eating a wide range of nutrients I doubt I really needed anything beyond the recommended folic acid and vit d. Now that I am past 12 weeks I have stopped the multivitamin (as no longer need the folic acid) and I’m just taking a little vitamin d tablet

HerSymphonyAndSong Sun 03-Dec-17 13:46:58

I wasn’t taking pregnacare - it was a supermarket own-brand pregnancy multivitamin but it had the same nausea-inducing effect. Given that most of my life pre-pregnancy I was eating a wide range of nutrients I doubt I really needed anything beyond the recommended folic acid and vit d. Now that I am past 12 weeks I have stopped the multivitamin (as no longer need the folic acid) and I’m just taking a little vitamin d tablet

CountessOfStrathearn Sun 03-Dec-17 15:06:29

"My GP said we get all our folic acid through a varied diet and fortified cereals and bread and had to be pushed by the midwife to prescribe the higher dose at all!"

That GP is wrong. 80% of women of childbearing age are thought to be folate deficient, which is why the Scottish and Welsh governments are lobbying Westminster for flour to be fortified with folic acid.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42199080

"Other generations never took them and we’re fine!"

This is such a ridiculous reason for anything!

3.2 per 1000 births were affected by spina bifida in the 1970s.
In 1997, that was 0.14 per 1000 births, thought in part due to antenatal diagnosis and termination but also increased folate intake.

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10693061

Crmblebee, it looks like taking folic acid before conception is the most important time and you had done that. It appears that most neural tube defects occur around 3-4 weeks after conception so really very, very early on.

HerSymphonyAndSong Sun 03-Dec-17 16:44:46

Isn’t it in the US where everything is fortified? I didn’t think ours was

CrmbleBee Sun 03-Dec-17 16:51:39

Thanks again guys
@pastabest it annoys me too. My midwife told me to switch to a pregnancy multivitamin. And they make me feel very unwell. If I get pregnant again after this one, I'm sticking to my tiny folic acid tabs. I just took them first thing- so much easier!

RavingRoo Sun 03-Dec-17 16:53:32

Switch to Pregnacare Liquid. Can get it from Boots

Eringray Sun 03-Dec-17 17:59:34

Believe me, I forget them too! During the first 3 months, I could not even stand straight and a drinking the folic tablets was just out of the question. Hopefully there would be no affects to the baby. I try not to think about it though.hmm

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