Spina bifida is a prenatal defect in which the vertebrae do not properly form around the spinal cord. In severe cases s part of the spinal cord or associated nerves may be exposed which may cause nerve damage and lead to serious problems. in such cases, surgery may be needed soon after birth.
It is possible for a woman toreduce her chance of having a baby with spina bifida by having a healthy diet and taking folic acid supplements before and during pregnancy.
Conditions that are associated with SB usually include mobility impairments, bowel and bladder complication, latex allergies, tendonitis, obesity, skin breakdown, gastrointestinal disorders, learning disabilities, depression, and social and sexual issues.
It is recommended to take a prenatal vitamin with the recommended 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid before and during pregnancy that can help prevent birth defects like spina bifida.
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