Consumption Of Folic Acid And Anti-nausea Drugs In Pregnant Women?
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Good afternoon, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Folic acid is one of the most important needs during pregnancy. There are various benefits of folic acid for pregnant women, especially to prevent birth defects in the brain and spinal cord in your baby. Another benefit of folic acid is that it helps the body produce, retain new cells and helps prevent DNA from turning into a precursor of cancer.
Regarding your question, it is true that the average daily need for folic acid is only around 400 micrograms. But it does not matter if it reaches 600 micrograms at 4-9 months gestation and when breastfeeding as many as 500 micrograms. Indeed 1000 micrograms sounds a lot more, but if taken as recommended, the figure can still be tolerated by the body, especially if your obstetrician really thinks you really need the benefits of folic acid. It's just that if you do experience symptoms that lead to the possibility of excess folic acid, such as lack of concentration, fatigue, weakness, confusion, and tingling and numbness, you should check your condition with your obstetrician. If it is proven to be caused by folic acid, your dosage will be reduced.
Then regarding ondansetron as an anti-nausea and anti-emetic medication. In terms of safety for pregnant women, this drug is actually quite safe. And it is true that even though it is classified as safe, it should not be consumed until it is really needed. As for your current condition, which can not eat if it is not preceded by the consumption of the drug first, you should also report it to your obstetrician as well. Because the use of this drug is only limited to relieving symptoms experienced normally in pregnant women. If it turns out you have a certain medical condition, then the condition must also be treated at the root. By checking with your obstetrician, all your complaints can be tracked and handled appropriately.
In the meantime, try to continue to live a good lifestyle by staying away from stress, cigarette smoke, regular breaks, reducing food portions but eating more often, avoiding strong odors, and limiting activities. So, hopefully answering your question.