Preg­nant pause

Women's Health Australia - - BEST BODY -

Large doses of folic acid (the vi­ta­min all preg­nant women should take to pre­vent neu­ral tube de­fects in their ba­bies) can mask a B12 de­fi­ciency. So, if you’re swal­low­ing folic acid, your doc might miss the signs of low B12 un­til more se­ri­ous symp­toms pop up, says in­ter­nal medicine ex­pert Dr Zhaop­ing Li. If you’re ex­pect­ing, ask your ob­ste­tri­cian to check your vi­ta­min lev­els when she does other blood tests.

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