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Spina Bifida is an NTD (Neural Tube Defect) affecting the spinal column/cord. Folic Acid, also known as Vitamin B9 is known to help the develop the neural tube (spinal cord and brain) during fetal development. Women of child rearing age who are trying to get pregnant/are pregnant are encouraged to take higher than normal quantities of Folic Acid to help reduce the chances that their baby could have spina bifida. Women should start taking the higher dose at least 3 months before getting pregnant and then throughout their pregnancy, this is especially important for women who have a family history of spina bifida or have spina bifida themselves.

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Q: What is the connection between spina bifida and folic acid?
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What effects does vitamin A have on Spina Bifida?

Vitamin A is not known to affect Spina Bifida. There is a correlation between folic acid deficiency in the mother and Spina Bifida in the baby, though.

Does weed cause open Spina Bifida?

Marijuana is not known to cause Spina Bifida. The known causes of Spina Bifida are heredity (family members who have it) and folic acid deficiency.

What vitamins can be taken to prevent Spina Bifida?

Folic acid.

Which b vitamin can prevent Spina bifida?

Folic Acid, if in adequate amounts during early pregnancy, can help prevent spina bifida.

How can a person be high risk for Spina Bifida?

You cannot "get" Spina Bifida after birth, it is a birth defect. An unborn child can be at risk for Spina Bifida by his/her mother not getting enough folic acid during and before pregnancy, and also if there is a family history of Spina Bifida.

Can Spina Bifida cause rheumatoid arthritis?

The exact cause for Rheumatoid arthritisis not known however there seems to be no known connection between Spina Bifida and Rheumatoid arthritis. Spina Bifida seems to be caused by a deficiency of folic acid during pregnancy, while arthritis is an auto-immune disease. As people age, though, they are prone to developing arthritis in overused joints.

What are the food that cause spina bifida?

Spina Bifida is not caused by any particular food. It is caused by lack of a vitamin, folic acid, which can be obtained FROM foods.

Is Spina Bifida a disease?

Spina Bifida can be consitered a disease, but it is not generic. It has to do with the amount of Folic acid in the mother during pregnancy. The exact cause of it is unknown

Is there any connection between Spina Bifida and Lou Gherigs?

No, there is no connnection between Spina Bifida and Lou Gherig's disease, aka Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Spina Bifida is a birth defect and ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, but is not present at birth.

Spina Bifida and heart disease have been associated with what deficiency?

Folic acid deficiency.

How is Spina Bifida transmitted?

It can develop if the mother hasn't enough folic acid in her diet

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