MTHFR: How to Optimize Fertility and Pregnancy
MTHFR (methyl-tetrahydrofolate reductase). It is an enzyme in your body that converts the folate you eat (like leafy greens and legumes) into the active form called 5-MTHF or 5-Methyltetrahydrofolate. It controls the production of the active form of folate, which ensures you make good DNA.
The confusing thing is that most Dr’s and obstetricians, IVF clinics either don’t know what it is or if they do, they don’t know what to do about it.
During pregnancy, your baby is growing rapidly, in particular in the first few months of life. The first trimester of pregnancy is the time where the need for active folate is at its highest.
What are Folic acid, Folinic acid, and Methyl folate (5-MTHF)?
The term folate is confusing because everyone uses one thing to mean the other. So, think of folate as an umbrella term. Under that umbrella, you have folic acid, folinic acid, and 5-MTHF.
In preconception and pregnancy, you need adequate folate levels because you create healthy DNA for both you and your child.
If you are planning a pregnancy soon, I think it is essential to know if you have an MTHFR gene variant or not.
If you have an MTHFR variant, are struggling to conceive, or had previous miscarriages, it is crucial to work with a knowledgeable doctor who can explain it to you and guide you.
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