July 31, 2022

Pregnancy : Health Supplement taken

 First trimester 

As for now, I am taking the following supplement 
1. Folic acid 5mg 

2. Neurogain – DHA 250mg

EPA 20mg
AA (arachidonic acid) 35mg
OA (oleic acid) 30mg
Mixed tocopherol 3mg

Who should not take Omega 3 supplements? People who currently take blood thinners such as aspirin and warfarin should not take omega 3 supplements. Omega 3 supplements may prolong bleeding times. It is advised for these people to get their Omega 3 from fish and other dietary foods rather than from supplements.

3. Calcium 600mg (my friend asked me to drink plenty of milk too)

4. Blackmores Pregnancy & Breast-feeding formula

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Went to Klinik Kesihatan on 24th Feb. They presribed me the Zincofer  (Iron + Folic Acid )

I searched online, under the site of MIMS , it is said to bring undesirable effect during the first trimester, so I guess I will eat them in the second trimester when my nausea is slightly better. 

  • Ferrous Fumarate 350mg (elemental iron 115mg)
  • Zinc 55mg (elemental zinc 19.8mg)
  • Cyanocobalamin 5mcg
  • Folic Acid 1mg
  •  (Folic acid 1mg is sufficient unless if you eat very little vegetable )
    Ascorbic Acid 75mg

Some information about Vitamin B9 - Folate

Folate and folic acid

Folate is a B vitamin found in many foods. The manmade form of folate is called folic acid.

Folate is also known as folacin and vitamin B9.

Folate helps:

  • the body form healthy red blood cells
  • reduce the risk of birth defects called neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, in unborn babies

A lack of folate could lead to folate deficiency anaemia.

Good sources of folate

Folate is found in small amounts in many foods.

Good sources include:

  • broccoli
  • brussels sprouts
  • leafy green vegetables, such as cabbage, kale, spring greens and spinach
  • peas
  • chickpeas and kidney beans
  • liver (but avoid this during pregnancy)
  • breakfast cereals fortified with folic acid

How much folate do I need?

Adults need 200 micrograms of folate a day. A microgram is 1,000 times smaller than a milligram (mg). The word microgram is sometimes written with the Greek symbol μ followed by the letter g (μg).

There are no long-term stores in the body, so you need to eat folate-containing foods frequently.

Most people should be able to get the amount of folate they need by eating a varied and balanced diet.

If you're pregnant or could get pregnant

If you're pregnant, trying for a baby, or could get pregnant, it's recommended that you take a 400 microgram folic acid supplement daily until you're 12 weeks pregnant.

Folic acid supplements need to be taken before you get pregnant, so start taking them before you stop using contraception or if there's a chance you might get pregnant.

This is to help prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, in your baby.

Some women have an increased risk of having a pregnancy affected by a neural tube defect and are advised to take a higher dose of 5mg of folic acid each day until they're 12 weeks pregnant.

Source: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vitamins-and-minerals/vitamin-b/

My gynae told me if I want to look for alternative choice of iron+ folic acid, here are some of the other brands. 

1. Obimin

Rm 70 for 60 softgels 

At the moment, week 9, I am taking the BHB Floradix iron  and Udo oil too.  

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