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What is the right time to take Folic acid when pregnant?

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Posted on Sat, 23 Aug 2014 in Pregnancy
Question: I am 42 years of age with a 4 yr old child. My periods are very regular every 28 days for 5 days. On 29 XXXXXXX a 3 day (very light) period started - and then I have missed the most recent one (it was expected last Sun 27 July). Last night a home pregnancy test read positive - so my q is would I likely be 3.5 wks pregnant or 7.5 wks pregnant, given the very short and light period/spotting? at end of XXXXXXX What is the earliest time I can take a dating scan to determine approx date of conception? I have just started folic acid today, when is it critical to commence taking for the health of my baby? Thankyou
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Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query. I can understand your concerns.

1) Since you had spotting it is difficult to tell your exact date. you need a scan .

2) You can take a dating scan even by 6 weeks.

3) If you started now it all right but ideally its supposed to be taken from 1 month before conception.

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