What supplements to take when pregnant with MTHFR? Methylfolate and Pregnancy
Methylfolate is important during pregnancy, for you and the baby!
How come all of the doctors don’t seem to be on the same page about this yet then? You might even be surprised to learn that folic acid is probably not very good for you. Stick with us and we’ll tell you all about why and what to take instead.
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"I have been studying methylfolate since 2011, long before most people had ever even heard of it. I learned about it through an OBGYN who was able to save his son’s life using the nutrient. I was convinced not only by the science I learned from Dr. Rawlins, but also by my own personal journey as well as the overwhelmingly positive responses my customers have had with the nutrient. Many have sent testimonials telling us how powerful this specific form of folate has been for their mood levels and pregnancy needs. One particular customer, Lisa, had 5 miscarriages in a row taking large doses of folic acid, then after some research, she started taking one of our methylfolate supplements and was able to bring a healthy baby girl into her family, Lisa believes methylfolate changed her life. And I know the right kind of folate totally changed my life which is why I became a methylfolate expert and am obsessed with ensuring the methylfolate I take every day has the best chemistry and quality on the planet."
So methylfolate for pregnancy instead of folic acid then? Yes!!!
Mostly because more than half of the population has MTHFR, which is a genetic condition that doesn’t allow the body to properly convert folic acid into the type of folate the cells need to activate all of the downstream reactions required to keep the body healthy.
Folic Acid needs 4 conversions within the body to take place before it can become the ‘active’ form of folate that your body needs to function optimally (that’s methylfolate).
How does this conversion stuff impact pregnancy?
And if over half of the population can’t make these conversions which are needed to provide that basic building-block level of health, then it’s something to be alarmed about, especially when we know folate is so vital to the entire prenatal journey.
We also know that methylfolate protects against birth defects, particularly neural tube defects. So you’re protecting yourself by establishing a solid basic folate health foundation and you’re also protecting the baby along the way.
Now, let’s be real, is methylfolate the miracle that will solve all pregnancy and pre-natal related issues, no, not at all. But I would say that it is an important fundamental building block at the basis of life, and that we all need it - most especially those of us who are working to bring new life onto the planet.
Why don’t all of the doctors know about or recommend methylfolate?
How much methylfolate should I take during pregnancy, I’m supposed to take 4 mg of folic acid (a solid well-known mega dose), do I need the same amount of methylfolate?
- probably 1 mg is enough if you’re not dealing with a faulty folate metabolism gene
- maybe 3-4 mg is better if you are struggling with MTHFR or have had difficulties with miscarriage in the past
- and maybe even a higher dose than that if you're prone to depression and are also pregnant (it's been shown in studies that L-Methylfolate at 7.5 mg and 15 mg doses is helpful for folks who suffer from depressive symptoms). CAVEAT: Be sure you're under the care of a doctor at these dosage levels, and especially if you're being treated for depression.