Boderline low folate

posted 2 years ago in TTC
Post # 2
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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. 

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Post # 3
452 posts
Helper bee

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
6667 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

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
126 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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.

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