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Take folic acid more than should

Answered by: Dr Sri Viknarajan

Last Updated: September 9, 2020 1:38 AM
Anonymous 5 months

I did pregnancy test and started to take folic acid 5mg each day. Today is my 11 days of consuming. I accidentally took 2 pills of 5mg today due to wrongly read how much should a pregnancy woman take which is 400mcg. I thought its 400mg. Is it dangerous for me & the baby? Should I stop taking it tomorrow and take it the day after?

Dr Sri Viknarajan 5 months
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Hi there!

Thank you for your question. We are very happy that you take folic acid as it has been proven to be beneficial during pregnancy for the baby.

You should not consume more than 1,000 mcg (1mg) of folic acid from vitamins, fortified foods, or a combination of both daily generally unless in limited circumstances such as you’re pregnant with twins, having a previous pregnancy with neural tube defect and more.

Pregnancy is a beautiful journey into motherhood. Make sure you get enough nutrients for you and your baby.

It is advisable that you contact us or any health professional concerning your accidental excessive consumption of folic acid. Please click on this link (DoctorOnCall) to talk to us privately online and discuss further about your inquiries. Thank you.

Speak to an obstetrician for a healthy and worry-free pregnancy.


Last Updated: Wed Sep 09 2020 01:38:21 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
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