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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 05:23 AM   1
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Introduction and Question about Folic Acid and Other Stuff


Hi. This is my first post here. I have wanted a baby for some time, but the other day, it kind of just hit me--that now is the time to start trying. So, I began my research. I have a lot of allergies, so I started taking two Flintstones vitamins/day yesterday, as they have the right amount of folic acid in them. I wanted to start trying in a month and a half, but we have to wait to start until mid July, because I have read that you must take folic acid for three months prior to starting.

My husband also read about this, and said that we need to wait--no exceptions. I'm going to the doctor's this week to get a blood test to make sure that my folic acid levels are okay. I am thin, so hubby thinks that I need to check vitamin levels.

Also, I will be a high-risk pregnancy, because I am disabled. I have chronic pain from an accident.

This whole thing is so scary for me, but I know in my heart that it is time to start trying. Since I had that revelation (for lack of a better word), this is ALL I have been thinking about, and I want to get started immediately, but I know that that would be a bad idea.

Questions that I hope someone can answer:

1. What other types of vitamin blood tests should I request from the doctor?
2. What are you doing before you start trying to get your body ready?

I'm going to the dentist in April. I see my other doctor in May, and there I will get the name of the neonatalogist that I need to see. I'm eating better, taking my Flintstones, and drinking less coffee.

Is there anything serious that I'm missing?

Thanks,

Dreamer



 
Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 06:27 AM   2
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I know that Folic Acid is really important. I'm taking that again soon (after m/c I'm not taking any risks!)

When it comes to vitamins etc... they're more for your nourishment rather than for baby.... baby will get everything they need from you. If you're in the UK best time to start going to dentist is when you are pregnant because then the provision is free and you can get checked out and treated without worrying about finances etc.

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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 07:42 AM   3
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Hey Dreamer! Welcome!

My doctor recommends a blood test to know what type of blood you have. She also recommends and makes sure that both you and your husband are up to date on your rubella vaccination with a titer. And she said it is optional and expensive (in the US) but you can also have a cystic fibrosis blood test done if you are caucasion. She also said a STD screening could be done optionally as well.

To prepare my body I am not longer using the pill for birth control and will be starting Rainbow Light Prenatals One Vitamins this weekend. I have also started temping this month to get an idea of when/if I am ovulating.



 
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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 07:53 AM   4
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Sorry I may be nieve or whatever but I have never heard of any of these blood tests! Does anyone know if we need these over here in the UK?

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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 08:18 AM   5
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In the UK the midwife takes blood tests during the booking in appointment once you find out that you're expecting. In all fairness I don't think you need to have test upon test before you ttc unless you start to have problems xxx



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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 09:00 AM   6
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Dunno about the blood tests but i'm just trying to stay healthy as possible before and then during ttc. Make sure you have a sufficient amount of calcium too, babies suck up all your bodies calcium so its always good to have a lot of that.



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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 09:21 AM   7
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In the UK the midwife takes blood tests during the booking in appointment once you find out that you're expecting. In all fairness I don't think you need to have test upon test before you ttc unless you start to have problems xxx
They can however check your rubella immunity when you go to the doc to confirm your BFP, but it is better to know you are immune prior to TTC...just in case. If you are not immune they can give you a booster to make you immune, but they can't do that once you get pregnant.

A blood test is used to assess blood type (A, B, AB, and O), Rh factor (Rh positive or negative), glucose, iron and hemoglobin levels. This test is important beforehand because problems may arise if the mother's blood does not have the Rh factor.

The other 2, are not 100% necessary as she said they are optional. But just wanted to let everyone know why some tests my dr. believes are important prior.



 
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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 10:28 AM   8
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In the UK the midwife takes blood tests during the booking in appointment once you find out that you're expecting. In all fairness I don't think you need to have test upon test before you ttc unless you start to have problems xxx
They can however check your rubella immunity when you go to the doc to confirm your BFP, but it is better to know you are immune prior to TTC...just in case. If you are not immune they can give you a booster to make you immune, but they can't do that once you get pregnant.

A blood test is used to assess blood type (A, B, AB, and O), Rh factor (Rh positive or negative), glucose, iron and hemoglobin levels. This test is important beforehand because problems may arise if the mother's blood does not have the Rh factor.

The other 2, are not 100% necessary as she said they are optional. But just wanted to let everyone know why some tests my dr. believes are important prior.
Gosh! Your doctors are efficient out there in the US! I only found out all that once I found out I was pregnant. My doctor doesnt encourage tests etc, only get what you ask for! Good to know now beforehand. xxx



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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 11:39 AM   9
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I only know these things because I went yesterday for my annual visit and told her that we planned on ttc in July! It was fresh on my mind! She gave me this info and I just kinda broke it down for y'all to the best of my rememberance!!

Ps - I did have to look up the different blood types... I couldnt remember them all from Biology class- hehe!!



 
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Old Mar 22nd, 2011, 20:47 PM   10
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Vitamin D is an important one. Helps with the absortion of Calcium, and there's been studies that Vitamin D might be important in fertility.
(I was diagnosed Vit D deficient in Nov. I've been doing some research and taking tablets since then).

How much Folic Acid is in a Flintstones Vitamin?

I'm taking a multivitamin and 4mg of Folic Acid daily, my Dr's orders.



 
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