Folic acid in pregnancy

Vikram Talaulikar, Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

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Abstract

Supplementation of folic acid, one of the members of the B-complex vitamin family has been an integral part of pre-pregnancy counselling as well as early pregnancy care over the past few decades. Folic acid supplements reduce the risk of fetal neural tube defects and the level of protection increases with higher dosage. Recent evidence shows that obese women are at an increased risk of neural tube anomalies and require a higher dose of periconceptional folic acid supplementation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-148
Number of pages2
JournalObstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

Keywords

  • Folic acid
  • Neural tube defects
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy

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