Folic Acid During Pregnancy

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Registered: 07-05-2005
Folic Acid During Pregnancy
Fri, 05-31-2013 - 10:10am

A new study suggests that women who start taking folic acid supplements either before or early in their pregnancy may reduce their child's risk of developing autism.

"The study does not prove that folic acid supplements can prevent childhood autism. But it does provide an indication that folic acid might be preventive," said study lead author Dr. Pal Suren, from the division of epidemiology at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo.

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Have you started taking prenatal vitamins yet?

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Registered: 06-06-2013
Thu, 06-06-2013 - 10:02pm

YES!! I started taking folic acid prior to becoming pregnant and you should definitely be taking them now.  If the big multivitam prenatal makes you to nauseated you can take a seperate folic acid supplement(they are much smaller pills) you need to get at least 400 mcg/day.  I take 1mg a day