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January 1-7 marks World Folic Acid Awareness Week. Shedding light on the significance of folic acid (FA) in our lives, particularly for those with HG.

What do you know?

  • Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate (vitamin B9).
  • Enriched foods, such as cereals, incorporate folic acid.
  • Most people do not get enough folate in their diet which increases health risks.
  • Obtaining sufficient folate from food proves challenging, necessitating the use of a pill.
  • Those who may become pregnant should take it daily.
  • FA pills are critical during the first trimester to prevent defects in the baby’s brain and spine, and throughout pregnancy to reduce pregnancy complications.
  • At least 600 mcg per day is required during pregnancy, but more may be helpful during HG.
  • Most prenatal vitamins have FA, but the pills are easier to tolerate when sick.
  • FA can be given by IV and may be needed when intake is limited for more than a few weeks.
  • Those with the gene variants, like MTHFR, may need active or methylated folate. (Methylfolate)
  • #WFAAW24

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