Frequently Asked Questions
What is Spina Bifida?
Spina Bifida is a birth defect that involves incomplete formation of the spine. It is one of the most common neural tube defects, a group of serious birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. These birth defects occur during the first month of pregnancy—before most women know they are pregnant.
What causes Spina Bifida and who is at risk?
The exact causes of Spina Bifida are no known, however genetic, nutritional and environmental factors may contribute. All women who could become pregnant are at risk for having a pregnancy affected by Spina Bifida. Women who have a child with Spina Bifida, Spina Bifida themselves, or who have already had a pregnancy affected by any neural tube defect may be at greater risk of having a child affected by Spina Bifida or another neural tube defect.
Can you prevent Spina Bifida?
Taking the B-vitamin folic acid every day can help reduce your chances of having a child with Spina Bifida; however it is not a guarantee. Many things can affect a baby, including your family genes and things you may come in contact with during pregnancy. Taking folic acid every day reduces the risk of Spina Bifida and other neural tube defects.