Two Follow-Up Articles to Read on Folic Acid in Pregnancy

Pregnant belly in black and whiteChoosing a supplement for pregnancy, lactation, and trying to conceive is daunting!  Dozens and dozens of prenatal vitamins exist!  How do you choose?  One important way to narrow it down is to choose one with a “natural folate.”  Recently, I ran two posts on folate/folic acid (here and here) and why people may want to steer away from folic acid use in foods and vitamins–but NOT folate in general–just the folic acid form.

Today I will post two really readable articles regarding folic acid versus folate in prenatals that readers may be interested in.  Remember, my blog is a story of what I am learning.  It is absolutely not to be used as medical advice.

Two Fairly Easy to Read Articles on Folic Acid in Pregnancy

Should you skip prenatal vitamins with folic acid?

(Click on article title to link to the article.)

This is a nice overview article from the news written in common language.  I think it summarizes the thoughts from my second post on folic acid versus folate (click here to read it).  Basically, those people with MTHFR (methyltetrahydrofolate reductase) issues would benefit from L-methylfolate rather than folic acid.  But how do you know if you’re “one of those people?”  Unless you’re tested, you don’t.  And in this article, it states that about 50% of women can be affected.  So you’re playing a guessing game.  Am I good with folic acid?  Or would I be better off with L-methylfolate?

If you’re trying to conceive, pregnant, or taking folic acid, this would be a good article to read to help you understand whether or not taking folic acid (versus folate) is best for you.

Multi-vitamin Supplementation During Pregnancy:  Emphasis on Folic Acid and L-methylfolate.

(Click on article title to link to the article.)

This is a nice little interview between an obstetrician and a nutritionist regarding L-methylfolate, folic acid, and MTHFR issues.  The conclusion is very similar to the article first listed (and similar to what I concluded), but rather than being in the general news, it is from an obstetrical journal.


The next post will discuss what I look for in a prenatal vitamin along with some vitamins that I looked at, but the take-away message that I learned is this:  If you don’t know your MTHFR status, it might be wise to stay away from folic acid supplements (but not folate).



4 thoughts on “Two Follow-Up Articles to Read on Folic Acid in Pregnancy

  1. Anonymous

    I really look forward to these thank you! I shared the first article with some friends I was trying to explain this whole issue with, easy to understand! I wanted to share a prenatal I found that seemed to fit a lot of the criteria other than DHA, unfortunately the capsule form is out of stock but I ordered the powder form. It is Optimal Prenatal by Seeking Health. I’m not too crazy about the powder because I’m not sure if I’m getting the correct amount of nutrients per scoop but I’ve been taking it for a week now and I have to say I’ve noticed some differences. Mostly some improvement in my GI issues over the last few days so I’m hoping this will continue to improve! Thank you for the smoothie recipes, they are great! Hope you are well 🙂

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      I am well. Thank you! I just added a post on prenatals, and I included the Optimal Prenatal after you mentioned it. It looks overall pretty good. Too bad they are out of the vitamin, but the powder looked pretty “clean.” And very interesting about the GI issues. This is definitely very nice to hear and keep in my mind! I wonder if it’s the vitamins or the pea protein. I’m glad you liked the smoothie recipe. I do! Enjoy your week! ~~ Terri

    1. thehomeschoolingdoctor Post author

      I know what you mean about concern of not getting a good vitamin! So much out there. It’s a marketing mess, isn’t it? Consumer beware… Hope it’s not too hot over there for you!~~ Terri


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