Nausea And Vomiting After Taking Folic Acid At 12 Weeks Pregnant?

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, I am pregnant 12w, the nausea and vomiting have started to subside ,, but why is the pregnancy over 12w, nausea and vomiting only when taking folic acid medicine, but if I don’t take folic acid medicine, I don’t feel nausea and vomiting, why is that ??

1 Answer:

Hi Roskartika,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Adequate folic acid intake during pregnancy is very important in supporting the development of the fetal nervous system and brain. With sufficient folic acid consumption, the risk of miscarriage or birth defects (for example anencephalus or spina bifida) can be minimized. According to many literatures, the recommended intake of folic acid for pregnant women ranges from 400 to 600 micrograms per day.


You can actually get folic acid naturally by consuming lots of dark green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and several types of fruit, such as oranges, lemons, avocados, grapes, grapefruit, and so on. However, to prevent inadequate intake of folic acid through food alone, doctors generally will also provide pregnant women
folic acid supplements.


The consumption of folic acid supplements in most people is actually relatively safe. However, in some sensitive people, consumption of this folic acid supplement can trigger bloating, nausea, decreased appetite, vomiting, taste disorders, and so on. These side effects are generally mild and can be circumvented, namely by taking folic acid supplements near bedtime or in the morning before breakfast. In this way, usually digestive complaints related to folic acid consumption can be reduced.


If you have tried this method but you still feel complaints, then you should check with your doctor or gynecologist directly. It is feared that there are other conditions that can worsen your nausea and vomiting, for example GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), gastritis, gastroenteritis, cholangitis, pancreatitis, hepatitis, typhoid fever, vertigo, other viral or bacterial infections, and so on. If necessary, your doctor may recommend that you undergo an ultrasound or laboratory examination to investigate the causes of nausea and vomiting, as well as determine the best treatment.


In the meantime, so that the nausea and vomiting subside, you should make it a habit to eat more regularly, compress the stomach area that feels nauseous with warm water, get plenty of rest, and reduce the consumption of foods that often exacerbate nausea, for example coconut milk, tubers, mustard greens, cabbage, spicy food, and also drinks that contain caffeine. Do not forget, avoid taking drugs carelessly during pregnancy (including anti-nausea and vomiting drugs) without a prescription from a doctor.


I hope this helps.

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