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Trimester 1

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Vitamin B12 test is a blood test recommended in the first trimester to measure the amount of Vitamin B12 in blood. Vitamin B12 is important for maintaining the health of brain and nervous system. Vitamin B12 deficiencies are rare, but if occurs it increases the risk of neural tube defects and other neurological problems in infants., so monitoring levels of Vitamin B12 are necessary. The neural tube is a narrow channel that eventually forms the brain and spinal cord of fetus.

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What is Vitamin B12 test?

Vitamin B 12 test is the procedure to check the level of Vitamin B 12 in blood. Vitamin B 12 is an important nutrient in the body to make DNA, to keep blood and nerves healthy.It prevents Anemia and anemia signs like fatigue and weakness. People who have their own history or family history of stomach or intestinal surgery, and intestinal issues are at more risk of this Anemia. Animal foods like meat, fish, eggs cheese and milk are great sources of Vitamin B 12.

What is the test for Vitamin B12 called?

Vitamin B 12 test is called MMA test, Methylmalonic acid test. This test is recommended when deficiency of Vitamin B 12 is suspected . If the value is lower than normal range, then deficiency is confirmed.

How to get prepared for Vitamin B12 test?

 You need to be fasting for min 8 hours for the Vitamin B12 blood test.

Who are at risk of Vitamin B12 deficiency?

Elderly people, Kids, Complete vegans, Vegetarians, Diabetics, People with gastric bypass surgery history. Lactating moms should get tested for Vitamin B12 if they have symptoms or if they carry any risk factors as mentioned above. If a new mom has low Vitamin B12 her baby is prone to developmental issues and neurological problems.

How are Vitamin B12 levels tested?

Blood is collected from the vein, you can go and give a sample in a lab. If needed you can get your sample collected from home also. Then the sample would be taken to the lab measured for Vitamin B 12 and other markers like holoTC.

What is the normal range of Vitamin B12?

  •    Normal range - between 190  and 950 pg/ ml 
  •    Borderline range - Between 200 and 300 mg/ ml
  •    Low range - Less than 200 pg / ml 

And low range cases may need more testing. Obese people and hard-core meat eaters have high levels. High levels are indicators of other underlying health issues.

What are the signs of Vitamin B12 deficiency?

  • Yellow spots in skin
  • Red and sore tongue
  • Ulcers in mouth.
  • Needle and pin sensation 
  • Weird way of walking and moving
  • Bad vision.
  • Irritation.
  • Depression.
  • Tiredness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Numb feeling
  • Imbalance
  • Bad memory.
  • Pale face
  • Less feel of touch
  • Tingling effect in feet

Why is Vitamin B12 test more important in pregnancy and what are the complications?

Sufficient Vitamin B 12 in the pregnancy phase is very crucial because deficiency of this vitamin in mom is proven to cause pregnancy complications for mom and deformities in newborns. Most common deformities caused are neural tube effects. Neural tube is the pathway channel that forms the brain and spinal cord. Commonly caused birth defects are spina bifida, and other spinal and nervous system defects. Luckily Vitamin B 12 deficiency doesn't cause miscarriages.

When is Vitamin B12 tested in pregnancy?

Vitamin B12 is recommended to be screened in the first trimester itself. Both high and low levels of vitamin low levels of B12 should be intervened clinically. Abnormal values can indicate anemia, internal parasites, cancer and hyperthyroidism. Elevated levels of Vitamin B12 refers to the possibility of 

  • Infections in liver
  • Leukemia variations
  • Diabetics
  • Renal failure

People may have low or high Vitamin B 12 in blood without any health issue also. High levels are generally correlated with other clinical symptoms. The normal markers and values can vary from each lab to other labs. It's important to get a personalized doctor’s opinion.

How is Vitamin B12 deficiency treated?

  • Soy, Soy milk, Liver, Beef, Chicken fortified with Vitamin B 12.
  • Shellfish like Trout, salmon, Tuna fish and clams.
  • Cereals that are fortified.
  • Cheese, Low fat milk and yogurt.
  • Eggs.
  • Medicinal Supplements
  • Vitamin B12 injections and nutritional supplements. Injections are very effective in elevating the levels in cases of borderline deficiencies. Injections are given once in 2-3 months ideally. The effects of injection last for 7 days.

FAQs

What causes Vitamin B12 deficiency in pregnancy?

Vitamin B 12 deficiency is so common in pregnancy because of anemia as it hinders the absorption of vitamin b12. It’s important in pregnancy not to miss recognising vitamin B 12 deficiency.

Can Vitamin B12 deficiency cause permanent damage?

Nerve damages are very common because of long term vitamin B 12 deficiency. Such cases can turn into lifelong deficiency if symptoms are not treated within 6 months of onset.  Anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency generally responds well to treatment. It will give best results if the underlying issue is also attended to.

What are the side effects of Vitamin B12 injections?

  • Mild Loose stools 
  • Skin itching.
  • Rashes in skin.
  • Headache
  • Giddiness.
  • Vomiting sensation.
  • Throwing up.
  • Pulmonary edema 
  • Heart failure 
  • Redness at injection site. These injections give more energy and increase the body metabolism.

Does Vitamin B12 injections give immediate results?

They work quickly. Injections are the most effective method for better absorption of vitamin B12 in the body. New RBCs are produced in 48-72 hours. To see peak impact 2-3 injections are needed over several weeks. Hydroxocobalamin is the commonly used injection to boost Vitamin B12.

What medicines should not be taken with Vitamin B12?

Antibiotics, Anti-seizure medications, Antacids are not to be taken along with vitamin B 12 to avoid poor absorption of the supplement. Vitamin B 12 supplements are generally given one in the morning and one at night for the body to full dose of the vitamin B 12.

How long does it take to correct Vitamin B12 deficiency?

After efficient and proper treatment, it takes 6 months at least for results to be seen. It’s very real and common not to see fast results within first few months or weeks of treatment. 

Who often gets tested for Vitamin B12?

Vegetarians and vegans get tested often as Vitamin B12 is not produced naturally by our body. Only sources are animal foods like milk, cheese, eggs, meat, fish and poultry.

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What is Vitamin B12 test?

Vitamin B 12 test is the procedure to check the level of Vitamin B 12 in blood. Vitamin B 12 is an important nutrient in the body to make DNA, to keep blood and nerves healthy.It prevents Anemia and anemia signs like fatigue and weakness. People who have their own history or family history of stomach or intestinal surgery, and intestinal issues are at more risk of this Anemia. Animal foods like meat, fish, eggs cheese and milk are great sources of Vitamin B 12.

What is the test for Vitamin B12 called?

Vitamin B 12 test is called MMA test, Methylmalonic acid test. This test is recommended when deficiency of Vitamin B 12 is suspected . If the value is lower than normal range, then deficiency is confirmed.

How to get prepared for Vitamin B12 test?

 You need to be fasting for min 8 hours for the Vitamin B12 blood test.

Who are at risk of Vitamin B12 deficiency?

Elderly people, Kids, Complete vegans, Vegetarians, Diabetics, People with gastric bypass surgery history. Lactating moms should get tested for Vitamin B12 if they have symptoms or if they carry any risk factors as mentioned above. If a new mom has low Vitamin B12 her baby is prone to developmental issues and neurological problems.

How are Vitamin B12 levels tested?

Blood is collected from the vein, you can go and give a sample in a lab. If needed you can get your sample collected from home also. Then the sample would be taken to the lab measured for Vitamin B 12 and other markers like holoTC.

What is the normal range of Vitamin B12?

  •    Normal range - between 190  and 950 pg/ ml 
  •    Borderline range - Between 200 and 300 mg/ ml
  •    Low range - Less than 200 pg / ml 

And low range cases may need more testing. Obese people and hard-core meat eaters have high levels. High levels are indicators of other underlying health issues.

What are the signs of Vitamin B12 deficiency?

  • Yellow spots in skin
  • Red and sore tongue
  • Ulcers in mouth.
  • Needle and pin sensation 
  • Weird way of walking and moving
  • Bad vision.
  • Irritation.
  • Depression.
  • Tiredness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Numb feeling
  • Imbalance
  • Bad memory.
  • Pale face
  • Less feel of touch
  • Tingling effect in feet

Why is Vitamin B12 test more important in pregnancy and what are the complications?

Sufficient Vitamin B 12 in the pregnancy phase is very crucial because deficiency of this vitamin in mom is proven to cause pregnancy complications for mom and deformities in newborns. Most common deformities caused are neural tube effects. Neural tube is the pathway channel that forms the brain and spinal cord. Commonly caused birth defects are spina bifida, and other spinal and nervous system defects. Luckily Vitamin B 12 deficiency doesn't cause miscarriages.

When is Vitamin B12 tested in pregnancy?

Vitamin B12 is recommended to be screened in the first trimester itself. Both high and low levels of vitamin low levels of B12 should be intervened clinically. Abnormal values can indicate anemia, internal parasites, cancer and hyperthyroidism. Elevated levels of Vitamin B12 refers to the possibility of 

  • Infections in liver
  • Leukemia variations
  • Diabetics
  • Renal failure

People may have low or high Vitamin B 12 in blood without any health issue also. High levels are generally correlated with other clinical symptoms. The normal markers and values can vary from each lab to other labs. It's important to get a personalized doctor’s opinion.

How is Vitamin B12 deficiency treated?

  • Soy, Soy milk, Liver, Beef, Chicken fortified with Vitamin B 12.
  • Shellfish like Trout, salmon, Tuna fish and clams.
  • Cereals that are fortified.
  • Cheese, Low fat milk and yogurt.
  • Eggs.
  • Medicinal Supplements
  • Vitamin B12 injections and nutritional supplements. Injections are very effective in elevating the levels in cases of borderline deficiencies. Injections are given once in 2-3 months ideally. The effects of injection last for 7 days.

FAQs

What causes Vitamin B12 deficiency in pregnancy?

Vitamin B 12 deficiency is so common in pregnancy because of anemia as it hinders the absorption of vitamin b12. It’s important in pregnancy not to miss recognising vitamin B 12 deficiency.

Can Vitamin B12 deficiency cause permanent damage?

Nerve damages are very common because of long term vitamin B 12 deficiency. Such cases can turn into lifelong deficiency if symptoms are not treated within 6 months of onset.  Anemia caused by vitamin B12 deficiency generally responds well to treatment. It will give best results if the underlying issue is also attended to.

What are the side effects of Vitamin B12 injections?

  • Mild Loose stools 
  • Skin itching.
  • Rashes in skin.
  • Headache
  • Giddiness.
  • Vomiting sensation.
  • Throwing up.
  • Pulmonary edema 
  • Heart failure 
  • Redness at injection site. These injections give more energy and increase the body metabolism.

Does Vitamin B12 injections give immediate results?

They work quickly. Injections are the most effective method for better absorption of vitamin B12 in the body. New RBCs are produced in 48-72 hours. To see peak impact 2-3 injections are needed over several weeks. Hydroxocobalamin is the commonly used injection to boost Vitamin B12.

What medicines should not be taken with Vitamin B12?

Antibiotics, Anti-seizure medications, Antacids are not to be taken along with vitamin B 12 to avoid poor absorption of the supplement. Vitamin B 12 supplements are generally given one in the morning and one at night for the body to full dose of the vitamin B 12.

How long does it take to correct Vitamin B12 deficiency?

After efficient and proper treatment, it takes 6 months at least for results to be seen. It’s very real and common not to see fast results within first few months or weeks of treatment. 

Who often gets tested for Vitamin B12?

Vegetarians and vegans get tested often as Vitamin B12 is not produced naturally by our body. Only sources are animal foods like milk, cheese, eggs, meat, fish and poultry.

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