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Q: What vitamin should a nurse recommend to a pregnant woman to reduce the occurrence of spina bifida in her baby?
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What kind of vitamin would a pregnant women take to prevent Spina Bifida?

Folic acid.

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.

Spina bifida is associated with what?

Folate or vitamin B9 deficiency.

Which b vitamin can prevent Spina bifida?

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

What are the tests needed to determine spina bifida prenatally?

Taking vitamin B (folic acid) before getting pregnant will lower the risk of Spina Bifida. Ultra sound, Alpha Fetoprotein (AFP) and amniocentesis are the tests used in early pregnancy to rule out such abnormalities.

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.

Can people with Spina Bifida get pregnant?

Yes, it does not affect the reproductive system.

What is the connection between spina bifida and folic acid?

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.

Can a man with Spina Bidifa be pregnant?

Men cannot be pregnant, with or without Spina Bifida. A man does not have a uterus.

Is Spina Bifida attributed to a lack of vitamin a?

No, one of the known causes is a lack of folic acid, not vitamin A, in the diet of the mother before pregnancy and in the first trimester of pregnancy.

Can you have a car accident and then develope spina bifida at age 32?

Not spina bifida. It is a birth defect. But you can become a paraplegic and lose the use of your legs. Spina bifida is caused most often by lack of vitamin B and probably by being exposed to certain drugs and alcohol in the womb.

What vitamin when consumed during pregnancy can help prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida?

folic acid

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