What’s the Connection Between MTHFR and Pregnancy?

Q:
What’s the connection between MTHFR and pregnancy?

A:
MTHFR is the gene 5-methyltetrahydrofolate. It functions in the breakdown of the folate (vitamin folic acid). When folate breaks down, homocysteine (a type of acid) is produced.

When the result of the MTHFR mutation gene test is positive, it tells that the MTHFR gene mutates. This leads to abnormal breakdown of folate and a high homocysteine level.

Since a high homocysteine level is associated with miscarriage, preeclampsia, and birth defects, a positive MTHFR gene mutation is seen as a risk factor for negative pregnancy outcomes.

However, it has never been proved.

 

Keywords: MTHFR; MTHFR positive; pregnancy.

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