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Folic acid needs to be taken during pregnancy? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 03-Jun-2013
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User:hi doctor
Doctor:Dr. XXXXXXX here
Doctor:How can I help you?
User:can you tell me folic acid needs to be taken in 7th 8th and 9th month of pregenancy?
Doctor:Folic acid is very essential during the early months of pregnancy for atleast till the 3rd month.
Doctor:It is not that much important during the last 3 months.
User:after that is it required to take?
User:which medicines are more important in the last three months?
Doctor:Medicines during the last 3 months depend whether you have any medical problems diagnosed during early pregnancy.
Doctor:Generally Iron supplements need to be continued
User:doctor suggested winofit,mama's protein,zium
Doctor:but not in all pregnancy.
Doctor:All these are nutritional supplements which give added benefits during pregnancy
User:is no problems are diagnosed then no need of folic acid
Doctor:but like I said, all women do not need it.
User:the medicinde havine red XXXXXXX on it means waht
User:like for veg there green sign
User:on it
Doctor:To answer your query in simple words, during the last months need for medical drugs depend on previous medical problems detected.
Doctor:Apart from Iron, in Indians other supplements are not generally required.
User:what are reasons of child becoming handicapped?
Doctor:You can take the other supplements for just added benefits (keeps you healthier and away from the weakness caused by pregnancy).
Doctor:They do not have much impact on pregnancy as such.
User:what are reasons of child becoming handicapped?
Doctor:I presume you meant reasons for fetal defects as handicap is something broad and not just related to pregnancy.
Doctor:If fetal defect was what you meant the causes are primarily due to genetic problems.
Doctor:If there is any family history it can get transmitted to the child.
Doctor:Other than that, risk of neurological defects are higher in those women who did not take folic acid supplements,
Doctor:those who suffered severe infections during pregnancy,
Doctor:have thyroid, diabetes, convulsions, high blood pressure and other hormonal defects.
User:folic acid supplements means folgel kind of medicince right
Doctor:Folic acid is a vitamin which has protective functions on the growing fetus.
User:folgel is folic acid right
Doctor:I am not sure what folgel contains.
Doctor:May I know when this was given to you. if this was given during first 3 months
Doctor:then I presume it's probably folic acid.
User:in the three months
User:anomaly scan is done how many times in pregnancy?
Doctor:Yes, folgel contains folic acid and other vitamins supplements which has protective effects on growing fetus.
User:anomaly scan is done how many times in pregnancy?
Doctor:Any scan be an anamoly scan, but the most important anamoly scan is done between 10 to 24 weeks.
User:is it necessary to do it in the 8 th month?
Doctor:The 8th month scan is important to predict your chances of normal delivery and if there are any later complications on the fetus.
User:it should be done at starting of 8th month?
Doctor:Yes, any time close to 36 weeks of pregnancy.
User:the position of featus changes till 9 th month?
Doctor:*32 to 36 weeks of pregnancy
User:is it necessary to sleep at left side after 7 month?
Doctor:The position of fetus can shift a bit but very, very less cases do we have a major shift in the position of fetus as compared to what it was during the last scan.
Doctor:Yes, preferably sleep in left side.
User:is it necessary to sleep at left side after 7 month
Doctor:Most gynecologist suggest you to sleep on the left side through out the pregnancy
Doctor:this is to avoid compression of blood placental vessels.
Doctor:So please continue as suggested.
User:they have not suggested me anything like this
User:but sleeping left is good
Doctor:Yes, sleeping on the left is preferred in most women because of the fetal position and placental blood vessels.
Doctor:however that doesn't mean women who slept in straight/supine position can have defects.
User:ok..what is the meaning of featus posistion is anterior
Doctor:your gynecologist and the ultrasound scans are the most important criteria to make sure the pregnancy is progressing fine and everything is right.
User:what is the meaning of featus posistion is anterior
Doctor:The position of the head when compared to the pelvis is used to know if its anterior or posterior.
Doctor:I am unable to explain this in pure laymen terms.
Doctor:We will call the position anterior if the brow (part of the head) is facing the front.
Doctor:and posterior if it is opposite.
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:what is the length of featus at 28 th week of pregnancy?
Doctor:The total length of the fetus as seen at 28 weeks would be around 37 cms.
Doctor:Do you have any other query?
User:ok thanks...
User:no thanks a lot for information
Doctor:You are welcome.
Doctor:Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor:Bye for now.
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