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Is low vitamin B12 during pregnancy harmful for the fetus?

Q: I am 30 years old female into my 13th week of pregnancy and this is my second baby. During the screening tests at 12 weeks, I was detected with vitamin B12 deficiency

A:Vitamin B12 deficiency in pregnancy may be associated with up to 5 times the risk of having babies with neural tube defects (NTD). You need to replace the deficient vitamin B 12 in form of oral capsule or injectable if there is associated low hemoglobin in mother. Vitamin B12, is essential for the normal functioning of nerve cells and red blood cells; synthesis and regulation of DNA, fatty acid; and other cell metabolisms in the body. Food derived from animals, such as poultry, fish, meat, milk and milk products, and fortified foods are a good source of the vitamin.

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