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Folic Acid & Pregnancy: When & Why to Take It Blog Feature
Carolyn Gundell, M.S.

By: Carolyn Gundell, M.S. on January 20th, 2017

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Folic Acid & Pregnancy: When & Why to Take It

Wellness | Women's Health | men's health

Carolyn Gundell, M.S., Fertility Nutritionist at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT), is passionate about your health. And the health of your pregnancy and baby-to-be. 

Is it important to take certain vitamins before your pregnancy? Very important. Carolyn is shining the spotlight on Folic Acid this month. January is the month of awareness around birth defects and one of the best, most effective ways to prevent them is by taking an appropriate amount of folic acid. 

Well before you become pregnant, start taking folic acid, men and women. The benefits are well-documented and the outcomes are what we are all hoping for- a healthy baby. ~ Lisa Rosenthal

Folic Acid & Pregnancy

When is the best time to start taking folic acid?

All women of childbearing ago should be taking folic acid daily.  It is best to start three months or more before conception.  Best to take vitamins with food at a larger meal, such as lunch or dinner.  Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) does not recommend breakfast time.

If a woman has already had a child with a neural tube defect, her risk for having another is very high.  She should speak with her RMACT physician or OB/gyn to get a high dose prescription folic acid.

Could taking too much folic acid be a problem?

Yes.  Do not take more folic acid than recommended by your physician or fertility nutritionist.  A mega dose of folic acid, without a medical reason, can mask a B12 deficiency--causing pernicious anemia and irreversible nerve damage.

Building healthy families, one baby at a time, means including folic acid as part of your fertility treatment protocol.

About Carolyn Gundell, M.S.

Carolyn Gundell, M.S. is a nutritionist, specializing in PCOS and fertility. With over 20 years of nutrition experience, Carolyn has a special interest in helping women with conditions that affect fertility, including insulin resistance, diabetes Type1/Type 2, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), lipid disorders, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, underweight and overweight concerns. Carolyn earned her M.S. in Nutrition from Columbia University and completed her undergraduate studies in Biology/Nutrition at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven. She is trained as a Research Associate in Clinical Skills Training, and is certified in HIPAA, CPR, First Aid and Food Safety & Sanitation. Previously, Carolyn worked at Pediatric Endocrine & Diabetes Specialists, The Center for Advanced Pediatrics, both in Norwalk and at Yale University Medical Center’s Obesity, Diabetes, PCOS Clinic and The Yale Fertility Center.