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Prescribed Folinal Plus medicine during early pregnancy. Reason?

Dear Doc, please tell me why a pregnant women need Folinal Plus during early pregnancy. i came to know about my pregnancy and went to see a doctor where she prescribed me to take Folinal Plus daily. I asked to Doctor why is this medicine required but she refused telling me. I hope that this could be my first month of pregnancy only.
Asked On : Sat, 15 Dec 2012
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
FOLINAL  PLUS contains IRON and FOLIC acid.
The amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy until you have almost 50 percent more blood than usual, so you need more iron to make more hemoglobin.
You need extra iron for your growing baby and placenta, especially in the second and third trimesters.
Many women need more because they start their pregnancy with insufficient stores of iron.
Iron-deficiency anemia during pregnancy is associated with preterm delivery, low birth weight, and infant mortality.

Folic acid is one of the B vitamins. 
Your body needs folic acid to produce red blood cells and DNA (the body's genetic material). Folic acid is also important for the brain, nervous system and spinal fluid. It can prevent your baby from developing a neural tube defect (NTD) such as spina bifida
I hope you understand the importance of iron and FOLIC ACID now.
Answered: Sun, 16 Dec 2012
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Critical Care Specialist Dr. Sadiq Mughal's  Response
Hi thanks for your question.
Folinal Plus contains Iron and folic acid .Both these things are required for formation of hemoglobin.
Haemoglobin is usually decreased in pregnancy due increased demand by mother for growth and development of fetus .
So iron and folic acid supplements are given to mother in pregnancy to prevent or treat anaemia .
Hope this answers your question
Answered: Sun, 16 Dec 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Farha Dheeba Khan's  Response
I understand folinol should be folic acid. Every person requires some amour of folic acid daily which is obtained by our daily diet. When a lady is pregnant the requirement goes up and so the doctors prescribe the same in tablet form. You should not stop it and continue same as adviced.
Hope you have a safe pregnancy
Answered: Sun, 16 Dec 2012
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