Medical Q&As

Folic acid - forgot to take it?

I had a miscarriage in February when I was 9 weeks pregnant. After that I decided not to get pregnant again until I was totally recovered from the miscarriage. However, I got pregnant again in April. I hadnít been taking my folic acid supplements at the time. My doctor told me that this might affect my new babyís health. I am really worried that my baby might not be born normal. What do you think?

Folic acid supplements play an important role in the prevention of neural tube defects. It has been shown that if women take folic acid supplements prior to becoming pregnant the increased level of the folic acid can reduce the risk of spina bifida and other neural tube defects. However, if a woman does not take this advice it does not follow that there is a strong possibility of her newborn baby being born deformed. On the basis of probability it is far more likely that the baby will be born normal