Planning to get pregnant folic acid

Women on the vitamins were more likely to conceive and 60 per cent were still pregnant three months later compared to 25 per cent on folic acid. Folic acid is required for the manufacture of nucleic acids - the genetic material of cells.
Folic acid has been proven to aid the closure of the spinal cord during the early development of a foetus which helps to prevent spina bifida, anencephaly and other neural tube defects. Woman who are planning to become pregnant are recommended to take folic acid in supplement form for at least 12 weeks before they become pregnant. A little knowledge about folic acid and MTHFR mutations could help you and your unborn baby.
This ensures that the folic acid can build up in the system and be effective, as the baby's spinal cord closes very early in the pregnancy.
Studies have shown that taking one Clonfolic tablet (0.4 mg folic acid) daily can help reduce the risk of having a baby with Spina Bifida by up to 70%.

Dietary supplementation with folic acid around the time of conception has been known to reduce the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs). The level of my thyroid hormones indicated that my thyroid was sluggish which had to be taken care of as well, since a pregnancy could burn out my already withering gland.
And countering the adverse effects the mutation could have on pregnancy is very easy: Instead of taking folic acid take folate instead. To be more accurate, it has to be the bioactive form of folate, known as L-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (MTHF). Bramley was so kind to explain to me in layman’s terms the difference between folate and folic acid. Folic acid, on the other hand, is the synthetic form made in the lab and cheaper to produce. Normally the body would have to convert folic acid into its active folate form first but it needs the MTHFR enzyme for that.

Now if you take active folate in the form of MTHF directly then you are bypassing the MTHFR gene and its possible mutations. In Hong Kong, the 23andme test can be done through Doctor Bramley for HKD 2000 but it takes at least 2 months to get the results as your spit sample will have to be flown to Canada first. Depending if you’re already pregnant or if you had several miscarriages or if there is a family history of neural tube defects your doctor might prescribe a higher dosage.

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