Folic Acid

The synthetic form of folate, which is a water-soluble vitamin B9, is called folic acid. Folic acid is essential during pregnancy to prevent neural birth defects. The other benefits of taking folic acid are it prevents cancer and helps reduce homocysteine levels, which is related to the development of heart problems.

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Why am I having a constant feeling of anxiety with negative thoughts?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 24 year old female, and I am a doctor myself. I just graduated from college and got a job. I have this constant feeling of anxiety, and my heart rate does not seem to get lowered. I cannot shut my mind from worrying about what might happen in the future, I always think of the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Psychiatrist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. A lot of individuals at your age suffer such anticipatory anxiety and stress about future. You are in a job and have anticipation about the things that are not going to happen. You are thinking about the worst scenario, not...  Read Full »

Why am I experiencing muscle pain and weakness after heavy menstruation?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 19 years old female, a homemaker, and newly married. Now I am in my husband's home for the past four months. I am suffering from pain in my leg muscles for 20 days and suffering from headaches for two days. From today morning, I am feeling dizzy. I do not have fever, cough, cold, et...  Read Full »


Dr. Satyajit Jalinder Pawar

General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and can understand your concern. As I can gather from your query, you have symptoms of headache, muscle pain, and heavy periods. This is usually due to anemia caused by loss of blood during periods. This leads to the feeling of weakness...  Read Full »

Which prenatal vitamin do you recommend?

Query: Hi doctor,I am planning to conceive after a couple of months. I read online that it will be better for me to start taking a prenatal vitamin that contains folic acid 400 to 800 mcg, calcium 250 mg, iron 30 mg, vitamin C 50 mg, zinc 15 mg, copper 2 mg, vitamin B6 2 mg, and vitamin D 400 IU. Consideri...  Read Full »


Dr. Sabita Laskar

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing to us. The only vitamin which is of utmost importance for you to take prenatally is folic acid 5 mg daily or active folate 1 mg daily. You should take for at least three months before conceiving to prevent neurological defects in the baby. This vitami...  Read Full »

Is it good to take Ovasafe and Duphaston while planning for pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 20 years old and got married a year ago. I had a problem with water bubbles formed up in my uterus and causing irregular periods. I used Folvite and Cystelia 35 for three months. Now, the doctor has given the following tablets and informed that I could get pregnant if I use those...  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. These medications are very safe. I suggest you Folic acid supplements, as it has to be taken three months before planning to for pregnancy. You can discontinue Ovasafe and Duphaston till you want to plan for pregnancy. But, you can continue Folic acid supplements. Even if...  Read Full »

Is it normal to spot in early pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am six weeks pregnant. For the past few days, I had spotting, and on the 8 th of this month, I visited a doctor and had a transvaginal scan. They told me my baby is in the growing stage, and they asked me to take another scan on the 22nd of the same month. After the transvaginal sca...  Read Full »


Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Before we can proceed, is it possible to share the transvaginal scan report. This will help me assess the situation better. Also, are you on any medication, and can you please attach the prescription.  Read Full »

My father is losing blood without a cause. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My father is 67 years old. He is suffering from loss of blood without knowing him. What will be the cause? They have consulted a local physician, and he said nothing to worry about it. But, he did not give any cause of it. Please help me to understand the cause and necessary treatment.  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are multiple causes of loss of blood. Commonly bleeding from gastrointestinal tract will have black, tarry, sticky and foul smelling stools. Even if this not present, it can be a small amount. So, you need to run stool test for occult blood testing. It can occur due...  Read Full »

I only bleed for two days during periods. Will it affect future pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor I am 26 years old. My concern is about my periods. Over the last one year, I am having bleeding only for two days on average when compared to three, four and five days in my early age. I request you to please suggest me if this is fine for my age or something is not good for conceiving a ...  Read Full »


Dr. Kamalpreet Kaur Nagpal

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you are having regular periods and flow is also fine, then it does not matter whether two days or four or five. It has nothing to do with age. If you are planning to conceive, then it is fine. Get your thyroid and prolactin levels done and a basic ultrasound. I think e...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to have my next baby after a year of having a cesarean?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 33 years old. I delivered a baby girl through cesarean around four months back, but unfortunately, she survived just for a day. Now we want to have a baby as soon as possible. How soon can we start trying for a baby? Please advise.  Read Full »


Dr. Jimesh H Mavani

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you delivered the baby by caesarean, the wound takes some more time to heal. If you become pregnant before two years, then there is a chance of weak scar due to early stretching over the scar. Ideally, you should wait for three years. But you can start trying for ...  Read Full »

I am suffering from brain fog and mental fatigue. Can drinking less water be the cause?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past several years, I am suffering from brain fog, mental fatigue and poor concentration. I have consulted so many doctors, but it was not cured. However, I came to know from one of my friends that drinking less water cause these type of problems. After hearing this, I noticed tha...  Read Full »


Dr. Ganeshkumar Suresh Satpute

Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, it is true that decreased water intake may cause such symptoms because of dehydration. There may be decreased levels of micronutrients in blood, which causes such symptoms. Now, you started drinking 4 liters of water, and that is sufficient enough to meet your daily ...  Read Full »

How much Folic acid is required during pregnancy in Crohn's patient?

Query: Hello doctor, I have Crohn's disease and am pregnant. The first day of my last period was before 40 days and I have been taking multivitamins which includes 400 micrograms of Folic acid for the past four months. I am now pregnant. The doctor said that I need 5 mg of Folic acid due to the Crohns whi...  Read Full »


Dr. Donalyn S. Barcial

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern. You need not worry or be anxious about it. Although absorption of Folate may be disturbed because of your Crohns, taking 400 mcg for four months will be good enough. Meaning, you are not deficient from it from the very start but since you are ...  Read Full »

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