Do I Need Folic Acid when TTC?

Do I Need Folic Acid when TTC?

What is Folic Acid?

Folic acid is a part of the B-complex of vitamins. Folic acid found naturally in foods is known simply as “folate“. Folic acid is a very important vitamin that supports several body functions. One of the biggest things that Folic acid is responsible for is the formation of red blood cells in the body.  Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

While Folic acid is responsible for many different body functions, it is especially important for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive.

Folic Acid when trying to conceive

When you are trying to conceive, it is important to eat a healthy and balanced diet in order to improve your chances of conceiving. It is important to include all vitamins and minerals in your diet. If you make sure to get enough Folic Acid when you are trying to conceive, it will give your body an extra boost if you do in fact become pregnant, and can help to make sure that your pregnancy starts out on the right foot.

Folic Acid when you are pregnant

When you are pregnant, folic acid is one of very few nutrients that can actually prevent birth defects. Getting enough Folic acid is actually known to prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida and others. By taking Folic acid when you are pregnant, you are even decreasing your risk of miscarriage or still births.

You are also helping to prevent a folate deficiency in your body, which can have tons of symptoms, such as fatigue, crankiness, and anxiety. Folate deficiency anemia often has a lot of the same symptoms as iron deficiency anemia. These symptoms are definitely things that you don’t want in your pregnancy, or while you are trying to conceive.

How much Folic Acid?

Most doctors recommend that women who are pregnant or trying to conceive get around 600 micrograms of Folic acid each day. If you have an increased risk of miscarriage or neural tube defects, however, your doctor might recommend that you take more Folic acid for extra protection.

One good thing about Folic acid is that it is a water soluble vitamin. This means, if you take in more than your body needs, it will simply flush it out. You don’t have to worry about consuming too much, which is a very good thing when you are trying to conceive and have so many other things on your mind.

Folate in its natural form

If you want to get Folic Acid (known as folate when it is found in foods) in its natural form, there are a ton of healthy foods that you can eat to make sure that you are getting enough. Leafy green vegetables are probably one of the best sources of folate.

However, you can also get folate from sources such as wheat germ, chicken or beef liver, papaya, broccoli, asparagus, eggs and salmon. Getting folate in its natural form or taking a Folic acid supplement both have a lot of benefits for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).