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    Default Should I continue to take folic acid at 39 weeks?

    I am 39 weeks pregnant and have been taking Blackmore Pregnancy Gold throughout the pregnancy. Just ran out of the tablet yesterday and wondering if I need to take it for the last week of pregnancy.

    I dont really want to go and buy a 3 month supply then only take 1 week worth

    What would you do?

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    Folic acid is most important prior to conception, and for the first trimester. I wouldn't bother taking it after week 13.

    Blackmores Pregnancy Gold is a multi vitamin (not just Folic acid). At 39 weeks, you could switch to a breastfeeding multi vitamin instead if you are inclined to continue taking supplements.

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    Folic acid (thats converted to Folate) is important in DNA development, development of face and heart (to name a few) and ofcourse prevent neural tube defects.
    Folic acid is a synthetic form so unless you are consuming foods high in natural folate i would highly recommend you continue to take.
    After pregnancy you should still continue to take a pregnancy multivitamin because this will transfer via breastmilk. Even if you swap brands i still recommend you take it during breastfeeding.

    hope this helps.

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    My ob says that taking anything past the first trimester is not necessary. I haven't taken anything since sbout 18 weeks. I don't have a medical degree though... Just going by what he said and some things I've read. So I wouldn't. But up to you!


 

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