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06 Dec 2004

Folic Acid & Pregnancy
Hi,

I recently discovered that I am 8 weeks preganant. I am now worried, becuse during the last 8 weeks I was on a good multi vitamin for 4 weeks with 200% RDA for folic acid, but for the other 4 weeks I was taking Spirulina which I now see doesn't have nearly enough folic acid. Should I be worried?

Also, I understand that they only check for spina bifoda at 16 weeks? What happens if my baby has it?
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01 Jan 0001

Taking folate does not eloinate the chances of a fetus with spina bifida, merely decreases the chances. What you have taken will decrease your risk though not as much as if you had taken it all the time.
If your baby has spina bifida, you would have the choice of terminating the pregnancy or continuing with it.

Best wishes
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