Pregnancy - folic acid

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   Posted 9/30/2008 4:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I need  some help..... i have been trying to contact my GI, unfortunately without success. I have spoken to his secretary and she did not really helped  me, she gave a phone number to call , however i cannot get hold of the person that i should talk to . I called the appointment bookings and i will see my Gi on 8th October. My GP is unsure about the dose that i should take of folic acid, she prescribes 5mg tablets, one daily. I am not sure if should i take or not. What would be the right dose of folic acid for pregnant woman with Crohns ? Thanks smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 9/30/2008 5:46 AM (GMT -7)   
My doc just had me take the reg prenatal vitamin and that was enough (I also took the DHA supp). Do you usually have absorption issues? That might change things.
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   Posted 9/30/2008 5:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Firstly congratulations! I'm 17weeks pregnant and was advised that the normal dosage was fine-so i took 400micrograms (0.4milligrams) daily up until the 12th week. I think if you have problems with absorption it may be different so it's definatly a question worth asking but don't panic-im sure you will be fine until you see your consultant next week. Maybe you could top up with food rich in folic acid such as legumes, nuts, fortified cereal,breads, orange juice and spinach but i really don't think you need to worry x
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mercaptopurine, prednisolone, azathiaprine, actonol
currently on pentasa, calcium and folic acid

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   Posted 9/30/2008 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   
The recommended dose is 0.8mg/day or 800 MICROgrams.

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   Posted 9/30/2008 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
There is a special multivitamin called tandem OB that my doctor prescribed for me when I was pregnant. I'm pretty sure it has everything you need in there. Just a suggestion.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone(down to 10 mg), pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, humira, and good probiotics
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.

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   Posted 9/30/2008 11:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Im in the UK, so apologies if it's different in the US but here, we are told to take 400 micrograms daily
27 years old, diagnosed 1998
mercaptopurine, prednisolone, azathiaprine, actonol
currently on pentasa, calcium and folic acid

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   Posted 9/30/2008 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Folic Acid is safe at 5 mgs per day. There is no reason not to take it and if you have absorption issues you may need more than the 400 mcg. I take 3 mgs per day because I take mtx.

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   Posted 9/30/2008 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
My Folic intake was normal as any other pregnant lady. I had twins, so I actually too 1 full g. If you have absorption issues that could be the concern. I'd suggest maybe you consult with a Perinatologist or Maternal Fetal Specialist in conjunction with your OB/GYN. Having Crohn's CAN make you a bit high-risk and it's just advisable as they are keen on things that can go wrong, not that they will. We are just more likely to delivery early and have lower birth weight babies. Something Peri's can keep close eyes on!

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Kaycie - Age: 26
Crohn's - Dx Nov 05
Failed Remicade, moving onto a Clinical Trial called ABT-874 - Tentative start date - 10/2/08 - 10/16/08  - Infusion, every 4 weeks.
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IVF #2 - IVIg, Heparin, Baby Aspirin - TWIN GIRLS!!!
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   Posted 9/30/2008 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   

5 mg is fine to take for high risk pregnancies. 1000mg is the normal dose for healthy women.

Toronto Sick Kids hospital has an amazing website for pregnant and nursing mothers that shares all kinds of research info about drugs, natural remedies, etc.

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   Posted 10/1/2008 6:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I take 5 MG daily and I am not even prego(I too take MTX).
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