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Should I take folic acid while planning to conceive? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 03-Jun-2013
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Doctor:Dr. XXXXXXX here
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:Need to ask question related to Pregnancy.
User:Can I get in touch with a gynaecologist
Doctor:I am a general physician and I believe I can help you with you queries.
Doctor:If you want only a gynecologist to answer, I suggest you to leave a query on ask a doctor.
User:its ok..may be I can ask you
User:We are planning to start the family.
Doctor:Proceed with your query.
User:A friend of mine suggested to have folic acid tablets from now onwards
Doctor:That's right.
User:do I need to consult any doctor before startign the tablet or can I have it just like that
User:if so how much dose
Doctor:The recent recommendations is that a lady planning for pregnancy needs to take 5mg of folic acid tablets for better neurological development of fetus.
Doctor:This tablets needs to be continue atleast till 15 to 20 weeks of pregnancy once you conceive.
Doctor:So if you are planning for pregnancy you can take these tablest.
Doctor:They are available over the counter.
Doctor:One of the commonest brands available in India is Tab. Folvite (5mg).
Doctor:To be taken once a day every day...
Doctor:Have you followed?
Doctor:*You can start of the tablets even before consulting your gynecologist.
User:when shud I take it
User:after lunch
User:does folic acid help in conceiving also
Doctor:You can take it as per your convenience, but to make it a habit, take them during breakfast or during night.
Doctor:Folic acid doesn't help you conceive, but helps you to have a healthy baby.
Doctor:The neurological and spine development of the baby will be optimal when one takes folic acid regularly.
Doctor:Have you followed?
User:thanks for your help
Doctor:You are welcome. Do you have any other query?
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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