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#1 of 7 Old 01-15-2009, 10:34 PM - Thread Starter
 
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A little background- I had a really horrible scare with my pg with DD, where quad screen came back abnormal (positive AFP) and then I had to wait for a level II u/s to check for neural tube defects- she was healthy- I had a placental bleed that was inconsequential.
I had my 10 w appt today and the NP let me know that my bloodwork (drawn at 8 weeks) came back and that the marker in my blood for folic acid came back low.
I was taking adequate amounts of folic acid before I concieved an up until about 6 weeks when severe M/S set in. Ever since then I have been lucky to get a vitamin to stay down/in me every 3 days. I'm feeling so guilty, anxious. Has this happened to anyone else (their bloodwork coming back low for markers for folate?) Can someone come up with some facts to reassure me? I am able to start taking vitamins again as of a few days ago. (I am 10 weeks and M/S is letting up) But I also know that taking extra folic acid on top of my vitamin now isn't going to help since the tube is already formed on the babe. I'm just really anxious.

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Anyone?

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I have no idea, but wanted to post to give you
I hope someone has some answers for you!

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I am not sure if this is true, but I am pretty sure that I read somewhere that taking folic acid PRIOR to pregnancy was most important... I don't know how it's stored in the body, but other B vitamins - like B12, for instance - is stored in great quantities and it takes a long time to become deficient... I am worried about the same thing because I, too, have been very sick. I'm not sure if I was even tested to check the status of it (I.m 14 weeks pregnant) but I'm holding on to the hope that PRIOR to pregnancy is what counts...

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Folic Acid prior to pregnancy and during the 1st Trimester when the neural tube is formed. That is the important time.

If you have a prior history of a pregnancy with a neural tube defect then prescription strength dosage is the recommendation.

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Well I just did some more research and found out that the Amoxicillin that I was on right after Christmas for a sinus infection (a 10 day course) does in fact deplete folate in the body so that explains it, since I had my blood drawn right at the end of the 10 day course. That was between 8 and 9 weeks of pregnancy. I'm hoping that it is just ME that was being deprived of the folic acid, and that baby already had what it needed. I think the NT is fully formed/closed around 6/7 weeks- is that correct?

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By 6-8 weeks the neural tube is formed.

Thats what I was told about my daughter. That her neural tube defect occured at about 8 weeks.

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