Post # 1
So we’re not TTC yet but I’m prepping (vitamins to start and getting levels up). Anyhow, I’m in my 30s and I have a few preexisting conditions and my last labs came back that my folate was borderline low. I’ve had random issues with low vitamin levels such as low B12 and needing shots but not being anemic.
Sorry to be vague but I don’t want to give too much info out.
I’m just worried that I’m going to be starting out behind if you will. Any tips to get healthy for when we try? I know folate levels are so important!
Post # 2
I would start taking prenatal vitamins or at least a women’s multivitamin with at least 400mcg per dose every day. Also eat lots of foods rich in folic acid like leafy greens (also rich in iron, important when you increase blood volume) and citrus fruits (good old vitamin C). Take a good look at your diet and make sure the food you are eating is also rich in required nutrients.
You got this 🙂
Post # 3
sweatergal007 : I add spinach and kale to my breakfast smoothie every morning. I’m up to 1/2 leafy greens and 1/2 fruit, but I started with like 3/4 fruit and 1/4 greens and could barely taste the greens. Easy way to get a great source of folate every day!
I do spinach, kale, banana, frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, and coconut water.
Post # 4
sweatergal007 : spinach smoothies are the way to go – healthy, receive folate naturally (rather than folic acid), tastes good, doesn’t make you nauseus. Might want to get checked a second time after you’ve done that for a month or so. It’s feasible your body just isn’t processing folate well, which could be an issue. More likely though it’s just like iron and other nutrients and you’re just not getting enough right now, in which case it’s an easy fix.
Post # 5
You might want to do some research on the difference beteeen folate and folic acid. Some people cannot convert folic acid into folate very efficiently and it might be something your doctor can test you for. Its possible to find prenatal vitamins with folate instead of folic acid.
As far as real food sources, lentils are super high in folate and other legumes like black beans have quite a bit as well.