Dr. Wilson explains why it is recommended for women to take folic acid while they are trying to get pregnant.
Folic acid, there’s a lot of research on folic acid in reducing neural tube defects. That would be an issue in a fetus, developing fetus and their nervous system, and so it’s well known in the literature that folic acid, high levels of folic acid is going to be really important, and the most important time to have folic acid is early, early in pregnancy before you even realize you’re pregnant.
So that’s why I really recommend to have folic acid in your multivitamin before you’re trying to get pregnant; that’s when it's the most important. The minimum is 800 micro-grams a day which is often what you’re going to find in a multivitamin and basically, the higher the dose, the better the outcomes.
So in some women they may choose to take in additional folic acid on top of the multivitamin.
Dr. Donielle Wilson is a licensed Naturopathic Physician in Connecticut, New York, and Washington Sate. She graduated from Bastyr University, the leading accredited institution for the study of natural medicine, in 2000 with a doctorate in naturopathic medicine and a certificate in midwifery.
Dr. Wilson is currently president of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NYANP) and has held that position since April 2003. In that role she is dedicated to increasing awareness of and access to naturopathic medicine by passing legislation to license Naturopathic Doctors in New York. In addition, Dr. Wilson is a past board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and is a current board member of the American Association of Naturopathic Midwives.
Her passion is to address stress-related conditions by balancing hormones and neurotransmitters. She is an expert in natural health care for women, particularly natural therapies for fertility, dysplasia and menopause. She has extensive experience working with adults and children with allergies, fatigue, frequent infections, hormone imbalances, cancer, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, high cholesterol, migraines, insomnia and digestive problems.
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