Whether you want twins, or want to find out if the folic acid you’ve been taking during your pregnancy will lead to multiple babies or not, you’ve come to the right place! Women who are pregnant or trying to conceive are advised to take folic acid supplements, regardless of whether they want multiple babies or not. There have been myths about everybody has their own chances of conceiving twins regardless of taking any supplements, but here in this article, we discussed facts that came out of science and doctor’s opinion.
However recently, people have been toying with the idea that taking folic acid supplements can help in conceiving twins. But what does science have to say about that? In this article, we’re going to take a closer look at folic acid, where it’s found, how it affects pregnancies, and whether or not it influences your chances of conceiving twins!
So let’s dive right in!
What is folic acid and where is it found?
Folic acid is the man-made or synthetic form of Vitamin B and is crucial for the proper development of the human body. It serves many purposes from helping people with depression, stroke, and high blood pressure to folate and homocysteine deficiencies. That is why it’s not only recommended to pregnant women but also to people in general to maintain good health.
Folic acid can be found in a variety of foods that are most probably available in your fridge or pantry. These include spinach, broccoli, bananas, melons, beans, mushrooms, meat, bread, pasta and cereals, etc!
What’s the role of folic acid in pregnancies?
Women who are trying to conceive or pregnant are advised to take folic acid. This is because folic acid prevents two major diseases known as Spina Bifida and Anencephaly in your baby. Both of these are neural tube defects that occur due to the neural tube not closing up properly. They can lead to severe complications in the baby’s development. Folic acid, however, prevents this from happening under most circumstances by allowing the neural tube to form properly. Additionally, it helps prevent cleft lip and palate, premature birth, low weight, poor growth, etc.
How much folic acid should I be taking?
Ideally, you should start taking folic acid pills at least 2 or 3 months before you get pregnant so it builds up in your body. The recommended amount is 400 mcg a day on a regular basis and 600mcg during your pregnancy. If your body is deficient in folic acid, this amount will probably double for you. However, please refer to your OB to figure out the best-recommended amount of folic acid for you!
Does folic acid help conceive twins?
While scientists are sure about folic acid’s role in maintaining the health of your baby, they aren’t quite certain about whether it helps in conceiving twins or not. The tests and experiments carried out to test this theory have had conflicting results which is why additional research is required to reach an accurate conclusion.
On one hand, researchers like Dr. Kallen claim that although they aren’t sure about how folic acid increases the chances of twins, they believe it might increase the ovulation rate which would allow more than one egg to be released or allow multiple ovulations to take place. This would, in turn, leave multiple eggs for fertilization, leading to multiple babies.
On the other hand, researchers like Robert J. from CDC claim that in their experiments, the consumption of folic acid did not give rise to multiple babies in most cases. Rather, the rate of multiple babies was higher in twins whose mothers did not take folic acid.
What are some other ways to conceive twins?
Apart from eating folic acid pills, there are multiple other methods that you can try to conceive twins. These include the use of fertility drugs, the use of IVF, conceiving while you’re breastfeeding or directly after the pill, etc. Factors like old age, heavier weight, taller height, your family history, genetics, and ethnicity can also influence your chances of conceiving twins.
While it’s not confirmed whether folic acid can help conceive twins, it’s proven that folic acid (along with other vitamins) is still required for the proper development of your baby. Hence, generally, for the sake of good health, you should not only make it a point to eat folic acid supplements daily but also include foods containing folic acids in your diet. Once again, please refer to your doctor to find out the best amount for yourself.
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