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Prenatal use of folate - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
how can i help you?
User :   hi
User :   we are planning for a kid
Doctor :  
User :   please let me know what is the role of folate
Doctor :  
User :   is it fine if folate is taken after conceiving
Doctor :  
i will help you in this
Doctor :  
in simple words, folate helps in proper development and formation of nervous system of the baby
Doctor :  
if you are planning for a kid, it is advised to start folic acid supplements atleast two to three months in advance
User :   but is it harmful if it starts after conceiving
Doctor :  
however, taking these after conception has occurred also is good and essential for proper nervous system development.
User :   ok
Doctor :  
it prevents neural tube defects
User :   please advise in which forms it can be taken and whether there are side effects
Doctor :  
that occurs in first month of development.
Doctor :  
it can be taken safely as tablets that are available widely.
Doctor :  
and there are no sideeffects generally.

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