Looking for an obstetrics clinic in Katy? Whether you are already pregnant or looking to get pregnant, you will find professional care with Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Falae of Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology Reproductive Medicine. Our team offers care before conception through postnatal care. Quality prenatal care is important for the baby’s and the mother’s health. Women who receive prenatal care are more likely to deliver a healthy baby. One crucial piece of pregnancy nutrition is folic acid. Prenatal vitamins with folic acid provide key nutrition for the developing baby.
Folic acid or folate has a role in red blood cell production and helps the baby’s neural tube develop properly into the brain and spinal cord. Folic acid is a must-have piece of pregnancy nutrition. Taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid before and during pregnancy can help prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. This vitamin should be taken daily. Pregnant women can eat foods fortified with folic acid as well. Folic acid can be found in fortified cereals, dark green vegetables, and citrus fruits.
Women who are ready to start a family should begin taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid prior to getting pregnant. Birth defects occur during the first few weeks of pregnancy. This means it is important to have folate in your system as the baby’s brain and spinal cord are developing. For women who find out they are pregnant and have not been taking folic acid, it is important to start right away to decrease the risk of the baby developing neural tube defects during the first few months of pregnancy.
The CDC recommends that all women of childbearing age take folic acid daily. More importantly, women should take folic acid for at least a month before getting pregnant and every day while pregnant, but it is fine to begin the vitamin regimen earlier. Patients who select an over-the-counter prenatal vitamin should take it to their obstetrics clinic to make sure it has the appropriate amounts of vitamins and minerals, including folic acid. Not all prenatal vitamins are created equal. Your obstetrician may recommend a specific brand or may give you a prescription vitamin.
The recommended dosage of folate varies depending on a patient’s needs or a possible family history of neural tube defects. Women of childbearing age should take 400 mcg of folic acid daily. Some physicians recommend 600-800 mcg of folate once pregnant. The importance of folic acid does not disappear once you give birth. Women who are breastfeeding should continue taking a prenatal vitamin with folic acid.
Pregnant women without enough folic acid have a risk of having a baby whose neural tube does not close correctly. If the neural tube does not develop properly, health problems or defects may result. Neural tube defects may include:
While it is scary to think of these defects, the good news is that getting enough folic acid protects your baby by at least 50%. If you have already had a baby with neural tube defects, the CDC states that getting enough folic acid may reduce your risk of having another baby with the defect by up to 70%. These patients may need to significantly increase their daily intake of folic acid. If you are unsure how much folic acid you need, contact your obstetrician for exact dosages.
When folic acid is taken as directed before and during pregnancy, it may help protect the unborn child against:
Pregnancy is an exciting period. Whether you are ready to start a family, just found out you are pregnant, or are pregnant for the third time, you understand the importance of prenatal care and quality obstetric services. At Jenkins Obstetrics, Gynecology Reproductive Medicine, we provide excellent care before, during, and after your pregnancy.
We offer general care, gynecology, and obstetrics services that span all stages of a woman's life. Dr. Taryll L. Jenkins, MD received his undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University and Doctorate of Medicine from Meharry Medical College School of Medicine, TN. He completed his residency training at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital, TX and is Board-certified from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, with years of research experience.
Having graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelors of Science in Biological Chemistry in 2011, Dr. Stephanie Roy received her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 2015 from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Today she is a leading Board-certified physician who works hard to provide you and your family with high quality services. In addition to spending time at the practice, Dr. Roy possesses extensive volunteer experience in the community. She was also a tutor at the Medical Careers Diversity Program in 2012 and since then has spent her free time volunteering for the St. Vincent’s Clinic.
Dr. Tiffany Ikwuagwu is passionate about caring for the diverse communities in Katy and Houston, TX. Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston, her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine, and her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the McGovern Medical School, she worked as principal investigator on a research project with Dr. Nana Ankumah at UT Houston. A member of the American Medical Association, Texas Medical Association, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Dr. Ikwuagwu has served in several leadership roles and has made many contributions to the community.
Yara Ramirez, MD earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University and her doctorate in medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston where she also completed her residency. She won the Resident Teaching Award from UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for two consecutive years.
Dr. Ramirez has researched extensively on many obstetrics-related topics. She has been a Junior Fellow Representative for the UTMB Residency Program and a Medical Student Education Committee Member at the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has volunteered for various local and foreign community programs. Her fluency in Spanish and French is an asset to her organization.
Nadia Alexander is a Board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner with a Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center. With seven years of experience in women’s health and a focus on obstetrics and ambulatory gynecology (vaginitis, UTI, and vaginal bleeding), she provides quality, compassionate care to patients in various stages of reproductive life. She is fluent in English and Spanish and is the lead contact for our Telehealth service.