B12 Deficiency & Pregnancy
Posted Today at 04:25 PM by KCarmen
I suffered an undiagnosed b12 deficiency for 3 years. I developed neurological symptoms, heart palpitations etc. before being diagnosed. My b12 deficiency originated while taking a pill called Yasmin which since then I've been shown studies that this pill can do this drop b12 levels, but no one in my medical circle ever tested my b12 until I was very sick.
Once I was tested I had serum b12 levels of 150! Mind you I was taking supplements, so I can't imagine how low the test would of come back if I had not. As well as serum b12 of 150 I had low ferritin, slightly elevated homocystine levels and a few other things. I did not have elevated MMA, so they thought I did not fit the classic b12 deficiency, but I now know, especially since reading the b12 book that the medical community is very confused about b12!
I was given cyanocobalamin injections. They worked very well. For the first time in 3 years I began to feel much better. I do have some damage that the minute b12 level goes down symptoms are back, but for the most part I got my health back with injecting, but I can't let levels go down or I feel awful again.
I am currently pregnant and began to feel funny. I am in my 6th month of pregnancy. My b12 levels were low. I was concerned about injections during pregnancy as my OBGYN was not well informed and the cyanocobalamin I had had aluminum and benzyl alcohol as preservatives, so I was very fortunate to be able to get Optovite b12 shots in Spain that I brought back with me. No aluminum, no benzyl alcohol only saline water as a preservative. I gave myself a shot and felt much better. And more comfortable about less preservatives.
Now my b12 levels are low again. Other than this my pregnancy has gone well so far. I am also taking Jarrow oral methylcobalamin, but it seems like the shot is what really makes a difference for me.
While pregnant I found out I am MTHFR positive. I have one copy of the C677T mutation and one copy of the A1298C mutation. I was told this makes it harder to assimilate folates. I have always had normal folic acid serum test results, so it seems for me b12 is the issue. My confusion, concerns and questions are as follows:
Is it OK for me to inject again cyanocobalamin while pregnant? Is their any risk to baby? (cyanide) My most recent ultrasound shows a very healthy active baby boy! He kicks me a lot. I am also taking oral jarrow Methylcobalamin. My doctor has mentioned Metanx. No one seems to want to give me a prescription for hydroxycobalamin or injectable methylcobalamin, which drives me nuts! So what I have is optovite b12 shots.
Once I have the baby can I breast feed while injecting b12 once a month as usual? Also will cyanocobalamin shots during breast feeding be a problem? Is the baby better off with formula vs. breast milk? Outside of the b12 issue I am very healthy regarding my pregnancy and I would assume breast milk.
It appears all my doctors are completely confused on this matter. I am a very concerned Mom! I need some answers as to what is best for baby and myself regarding b12 deficiency.