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How much Folic Acid is too much? Okay to take extra?

Hi there---

I had a miscarriage and a chemical pregnancy this summer.  I think I may be pregnant again and I'm taking extra folic acid.  I've heard that sometimes those with bloodclotting issues need to take extra folic acid.  I don't know if I have one of those issues, but I figured it couldn't hurt to take extra.

I'm also a heavier person, so I figured extra folic acid might be okay for me too...

Is there a number of folic acid that is TOO MUCH?  What is your opinion?
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I read somewhere that you aren't supposed to take extra folic acid because it can affect the baby. You might try googling it or something to that sort or maybe contact your doctor. Better to be safe than sorry. Maybe cut back to 400mg a day until you find out for sure. Most prenatal vitamins only have 100-400micrograms in them so.... something to compare to.
Good luck and I hope you get your BFP!!
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400mcg is what's in a regular otc vitamin. A prescription prenatal has 1 mg (1000mcg) folic acid. I don't think it would be a good idea to take more than that. I hope that if you are pg again, that this time will be the lucky charm. Are you doing the daily baby asprin, and progesterone, just to be safe?
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That's exactly right.  The OTC prenatals have 800 mcg and I think most prescriptions have 1000 mcg of folic acid.  

Your doctor may prescribe more than that (as mine did) depending on your individual situation but I don't think you should independently choose to take a supplement.
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When I first found out I was pregnant my Gyno(used to be an OBGYN) told me to take an over the counter prenatal vitamin with an extra folic acid.  So, I would call and ask your doctor what they think.
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Ok, I found a website, at babyhopes.com It's an article but it could be of some help. On average, you should take 600-800mcg of folic acid a day. It is water soluble so excess will flush out of your system. And prenatals have around this amount in them. Hope this helped.
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i was taking 400 a day plus whatever was in multivitamins... after discontinuing multivitamins bc of nausea, i upped it to 800 a day of folic acid. i'm pretty sure thats about as high as you want to go.
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Hi, this is a very good article.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you & I hope very soon you'll get your BFP:)

I have a BCD and the doc gave me prenatals with extra folic acid.

I just read this really good article about folic acid. Some researchers believe that taking extra folic acid might help decrease the risk of m/c and stillbirth.

How much do you need?
A month before you start trying to get pregnant, you should be taking 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid a day to reduce your baby's risk of neural tube defects. (Your baby's neural tube starts to develop about three weeks after conception, which is about as soon as you're likely to find out you're pregnant.) In fact, since half of pregnancies are unplanned, the U.S. Public Health Service recommends that all women of childbearing age get 400 mcg of folic acid each day.

Once you're pregnant, you'll need at least 600 mcg daily, although many practitioners suggest 800 mcg and some prenatal vitamins contain 1,000 mcg. Folic acid is a water-soluble vitamin, so your body will flush out the excess if you take too much. For some women, there's an exception to this rule; getting too much folate may hide a B12 deficiency. It's uncommon to be low in B12 if you're a healthy young woman with a varied diet, but it can be a problem for you if you're a vegetarian, particularly if you don't consume dairy products. Ask your healthcare provider if you think you may be at risk.

Women who've had a child with a neural tube defect have a significantly higher risk of having a second with the same defect. Healthcare providers now advise these women to take ten times as much folic acid
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Thanks for all of your help!!!!  I didn't know that perscription prenatals had 1000 mcg of FOlic acid.  I do have prescription prenatals, so I guess I'll just take those.  

I should try not to worry, but like that's something I can do. S heesh!  I'm at 9 dpo and I'm dumb and took a HPT and of course BFN.  I knew it would be, but I did it.  OH well.  I will wait until Saturday or Sunday.


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If you have had issues with neurotube defects, you may be prescribed up to 4 mg (4000 mcg).  Your body will flush out what it doesn't need.  Depending on your ob, the standard amount of folic is between 600 to 1000 mcg during pregnancy.  Definately speak to your ob and see if they feel it is  necessary to take more then the standard dosage.
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I would go and get your prescription filled. Wal-mart has 400 and 800mg. I have had 6 unexplained miscarriages and am currently 5w6d pregnant. I have to take progesterone and extra folic acid because I recently been diagnosed with MTHFR which is that blood clotting disorder that prevents blood flow to the fetus which also needs extra f/a. I pray for this pregnancy. It was a simple lab blood test that no doctor has thought to run after 6 losses.

CONGRATULATIONS,
Christie
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hey girlie. I've been taking 1000mcg since last March or so. I wouldn't go over that amount unless you have doc's permission.
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I have 2 healthy children ( 9 & 7). I recently had 2 miscarriages and 3 DnC's both in the same year. I was diagnosed with MTHFR and Factor 5 Leiden. I do want more children however I have to take my prenatal vitamin and otc folic acid daily to help my chances of carry the next pregnancy and after becoming pregnant I will also have to take blood thinners the entire pregnancy. It was alot to absorb and pretty discouraging. The doctor told me I was very fortunate to have the two children I have!  So I would say in some cases extra is necessary ;) Good Luck to the rest of you !
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i take vitamins with 800mcg of folic acids but the health department gave me 400mcg of folic acids should i take more for me baby?
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i take vitamins with 800mcg of folic acids but the health department gave me 400mcg of folic acids should i take more for me baby?
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