Having adequate levels of folic acid (folate) when you conceive means there will be a lower risk that your baby will have neural tube defects, and possibly also a lower risk of miscarriage and pregnancy complications. The CDC advises watching your folic acid intake starting from three months before you conceive. If you are trying to get pregnant right now, what are you doing to ensure your folate levels are up to par? Do you make careful diet choices, take prenatal vitamins, use folic acid supplements, or something else? Please share your tips.
- I had a miscarriage and was then diagnosed with MTHFR. I started taking Metanx, conceived and had a beautiful baby boy. I have since moved and my new doctor doesn't believe in Metanx and put me on folic acid only, without prenatal vitamins to supplement. I just miscarried this week. I have now demanded that he put me back on Metanx. It is expensive and it may not be the answer, but I've had one live birth while I was on it and two miscarriages without it. I'm not going to take any more chances.
- —Guest Lacy
MTHFR patients extra folic acid
- I have MTHFR and 4 miscarriages. We have a healthy 5 year old and a 6 month old baby who was born with spina bifida. I cannot express enough the importance of extra folic acid- even if your folic acid levels look ok, I would still take more. My levels were always ok and we still had a baby born with SB. The great news is that our baby is doing great and is expected to be a normal functioning kid thanks to a wonderful neurosurgeon.
- —Guest Hallie
I take prenatals and extra folate
- My doctor said I had the MTHFR gene defect and that it couldn't hurt to take a little extra folic acid to be safe. So it is whatever is in the prenatals plus the extra folate supplement.
- —Guest Kay