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What is the minimum requirement for the Folic Acid in pregnancy ?

what is the minimum requirement for the Folic Acid. What is the importance of folic acid in pregnancy planning. I read a woman require 40 MICRO GRAM of the folic acid per day. In India minimum folic acid tablet available is of 5 milli gram. Will taking 5 milli gram will be appropiate or this has any side effect?
Sat, 4 Jun 2011
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  User's Response
If one has taken, this is not correct.
Dosage of 400 microgram is required per person. While trying for pregnancy in Europe, doctors suggest to take Pregnanium (contains 200 microgram). Some folic acid comes from the food we eat daily. If the folic acid (B9 vitamin) intake is high, it creates B12 deficiency (

The usual saying "Athi sarvathra Varjayeth" apply here. 5 mg means 5000 microgram. It is too much.

I do not know why in India only this Folvite with 5 mg is sold!
General & Family Physician Dr. Nirmal's  Response
hi welcome to healthcare magic
folic acid is require before and after while trying to conceive,folic acid is good supplement during pregnancy as it prevent birth defect in need to take folic acid under supervision from ur gynec.
thank you
take care
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Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Aashish Raghu's  Response
Folic acid prevents a dangerous birth defect called Neural tube defect which is damage to the brain and nerves of the baby. Taking the prescribed amount gives you protection from NTD. Take Folic acid for about 100 days, ideally from 7 days before conception.
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  User's Response
no no dont worry. the 5 mg thing is exactly wat ure supposed to take. no harm at all. I took it when i was trying to conceive n during my pregnanvy. from waht i know i prevents birth defects in babies.
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